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Government stepping up compliance checks say companies

An anti-money laundering service has linked with a lettings software specialist.

The alliance between FCS Compliance and  Rent4sure will provide Rent4sure clients with access to a range of AML services, from the basic legal requirements - written policies and procedures, a firm-wide risk assessment and training courses - to customer due diligence and consultancy.

FCS Compliance is a LonRes-owned company and LonRes has been partnering with Let Alliance, part of the Barbon Insurance Group company, since 2018. 


The service established a partnership with fellow Barbon Insurance Group brand, HomeLet, in 2021.

FCS managing director James Golfar says: “Extending our services through this new partnership allows us to assist Rent4sure agents at an important time for the industry. 

“The government is under increasing pressure to combat money laundering and terrorist financing in the UK and without question the property market is a prime focus. It is vital that property professionals understand the law and what measures need to be in place to protect themselves and their businesses. 

“It is important to emphasize that letting agents also involved with any sales, or those with just a single transaction over the stipulated threshold within the year, do fall under scope of the Money Laundering Regulations.”           

Luke Burton, chief operating officer of Rent4sure, says: “This new alliance will ensure Rent4sure customers have easy access to the vital AML support they need to meet their legal obligations and de-risk their businesses.”       

Since January 2020, letting agents dealing with property worth over €10,000 or the currency equivalent per calendar month are subject to the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 and so, by law, must ensure their firms are AML compliant.

The government’s National Risk Assessment published in December 2020, reported that high levels of anonymity often associated with lettings, can provide ideal conditions for money laundering and criminal behaviour.

The first CPD-certified training course for Rent4sure clients is in May.

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    Does it ever occur to anyone that if compliance is so complicated that specialist third party firms are needed to deal with it, that it might, just might, be unnecessarily bureaucratic?

    And we wonder why rents are so high?


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