Godfrey & Barr are a member of two professional bodies, the NAEA Propertymark (formerly the National Association of Estate Agents) and ARLA Propertymark (formerly the Association of Residential Letting Agents), and we adhere to their professional codes of conduct and bonding schemes. This also ensures that we are well versed in all aspects of legislation governing the sale and rental of properties in the UK and any changes that may be subsequently introduced over time.
The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), evolved into NAEA Propertymark in February 2017 and is the UK’s leading professional body for estate agency personnel, representing the interests of over 10,500 members who practice across all aspects of property services both in the UK and overseas. These include residential and commercial sales and lettings, property management, business transfer and auctioneering.
Whether you are looking to buy, sell, let or rent a property, the first principle when searching for an agent is to check that they belong to a professional body like the NAEA Propertymark. This is because all members have to complete a minimum entry qualification and are bound by rules of conduct to offer you a fair deal, without overvaluing your home. They also provide access to a complaints procedure and a solid understanding of the market. Selecting an agent who is a member will ensure your peace of mind, as well as the highest level of integrity and service. www.naea.co.uk
ARLA (the Association of Residential Lettings Agents), evolved into the ARLA Property Mark in February 2017.
ARLA Propertymark is the only professional and regulatory body solely concerned with residential lettings. It keeps members up to date with changes in legislation and the many other requirements for a successful lettings practice. As ARLA members, who have been in business for 26 years, we hold separate clients accounts and can demonstrate that these are professionally managed and audited; we hold professional indemnity insurance cover to comply with the requirements of ARLA Propertymark’s fidelity bond and we offer a full management service to Landlords. www.arla.co.uk.
Godfrey & Barr is a member of the UK Ombudsman Scheme for Estate Agents (OEA). The OEA provides an independent service for dealing with disputes between member agencies and customers who are buying and selling residential property in the UK. www.tpos.co.uk.
The Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) has been developed to ensure that the deposits they hold are protected and that disputes about their return are resolved swiftly, inexpensively and impartially. www.thedisputeservice.co.uk.