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We provide the following useful links for your assistance and convenience within the following categories – please click below to go straight to the section.

Business Partners
Industry Associations
General Useful Links

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Business Partners

www.ecic.co.uk
LetRisks partners with EC Insurance Company Ltd (ECIC) to underwrite their Landlords and Tenants Insurance policies under delegated authority agreements. UK-based ECIC has over 35 years experience of providing insurance solutions to companies, trade associations and affinity groups of all sizes and has an A.M. Bests’s Credit Rating of A- as of August 2013.

www.axa-assistance.co.uk
LetRisks legal expenses and rent guarantee is underwritten by Inter Partner Assistance who are a wholly owned subsidiary of AXA Assistance and part of the worldwide AXA Group. AXA Assistance is one of the largest assistance generalists in the world. With an extensive network of over 30 offices worldwide, they possess the global capability, expertise and experience to provide a comprehensive range of services to meet the needs of their clients both in the UK and throughout the world.

www.arclegal.co.uk
LetRisks partner with Arc Legal Assistance (Arc), the bespoke legal expenses insurance provider, to administer legal expenses and rent guarantee insurance as part of a Landlords buildings or contents insurance or as a stand-alone product. Arc Legal Assistance Limited is a specialist provider of legal costs insurance products and related services.

www.experiangroup.com
LetRisks tenant verification has been developed in conjunction with Experian using the latest technology and analytical techniques to obtain and match data from the most extensive set of records available in the UK. Experian is a global leader in providing information, analytical tools and marketing services to organisations and consumers to help manage the risk and reward of commercial and financial decisions. They employ around 15,500 people in 36 countries, supporting clients in more than 65 countries. Annual sales are $3.8 billion (£1.9 billion/€2.8 billion). Experian Group Limited is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index.

www.duttongregory.co.uk
Dutton Gregory are one of the south’s leading law firms. Well placed in the UK Legal 500, they have developed an enviable reputation as one of the south’s leading commercially orientated law firms. Their team has grown to become one of the country’s leading providers of support, advice and claims handling within residential lettings.

www.painsmith.co.uk
PainSmith Solicitors are a practice specialising solely in Landlord and Tenant Law. They are widely acknowledged as leaders in the field and provide training and legal services to many of the top Lettings Agents, property investment companies, large estates, other firms of solicitors and private landlords.

www.shoosmiths.co.uk
Shoosmiths is one of the UK’s fastest-growing national law firms offering great value and a network of offices. They have 97 partners and offices in Basingstoke, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Nottingham, Reading and Solent.

www.ssp-uk.com
SSP is the premier provider of IT solutions to the global insurance and financial services industries. With over two decades’ experience, SSP has a reputation for delivering innovative solutions that improve business control, productivity and efficiency. More than 31,000 users in over 50 countries make SSP the partner of choice for insurance businesses worldwide.

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Industry Associations

www.arla.co.uk
The Association of Residential Letting Agents, ARLA, is a professional body that is solely concerned with the self-regulation of letting agents and for nearly 25 years has been actively promoting the highest standards across every aspect of residential lettings and management in the Private Rented Sector.

www.biba.org.uk
The British Insurance Brokers' Association is the UK’s leading general insurance organisation advising members, the regulator, consumer bodies and other stakeholders on key insurance issues. In addition, the organisation provides training, unique schemes and facilities, technical advice, guidance on regulation and business support, and is helping to raise and maintain industry standards.

www.naea.co.uk
The National Association of Estate Agents, the largest professional estate agency organisation in the UK. Representing nearly 10,000 members, the NAEA is committed to raising professional standards across all aspects of the property market for the benefit of member agents and ultimately the home moving public.

www.nalscheme.co.uk
The National Approved Letting Scheme is an accreditation scheme for lettings and management agents offering peace of mind to landlords and tenants in knowing that they are dealing with a firm which agrees to meet defined standards of customer service, together with having in place the necessary insurances to protect clients’ money plus a customer complaints procedure offering independent redress.

www.rics.org
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is the leading source of land, property, construction and related environmental knowledge. RICS support 120 000 members worldwide, promote best practice, represent consumers’ interests and provide impartial advice to society, businesses, governments and global organisations.

www.rla.org.uk
Supported by more than 30 years of experience, the RLA exists to give practical help and advice to private landlords and buy-to-let investors. Their services are designed to help landlords operate professionally, cost-effectively and within the many complex laws that affect the private rented sector.

www.guild-let.co.uk
The Guild of Letting & Management has long played an important role in providing the lettings industry with an authoritative and supportive framework, helping to maintain and advance professional standards on a broad scale. Their Diploma in Residential Letting and Management has developed into a nationally recognised professional qualification and has been running successfully for a number of years.

www.ukala.org.uk
The UK Association of Letting Agents is the professional association for the lettings industry, promoting high standards and protecting the interests of agents, landlords, and tenants. UKALA is a non-profit organisation registered with the government departments responsible for housing.

www.icba.uk.com
The Institution of Commercial & Business Agents (ICBA) supports the distinct professional needs of agents specialising in the commercial sector. It has a strong focus on continuing professional development and on professional training.

www.cii.co.uk
The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) is the premier professional organisation for those working in the insurance and financial services industry. PropertyRisks actively promote membership to their employees and use the industry recognised CII accreditation as a benchmark in candidate selection.

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General Useful Links

www.communities.gov.uk
Communities and Local Government sets UK policy on local government, housing, urban regeneration, planning and fire and rescue. The website’s private renting and letting section explains government policy for strengthening the private rented sector through improved standards in terms of the quality of its properties and landlords’ management of those properties and tenancies. It sets out the different types of private tenancy arrangements and points out a range of statutory requirements (such as licensing) and voluntary schemes (such as accreditation) that landlords and tenants should be aware of. It includes a series of useful booklets for tenants and landlords.

www.fca.org.uk
Formerly known as the Financial Services Authority, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is an independent non-governmental body, given statutory powers by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. They have been given a wide range of rule-making, investigatory and enforcement powers in order to meet our four statutory objectives; market confidence, public awareness: promoting public understanding of the financial system; consumer protection and the reduction of financial crime.

http://calculator.bcis.co.uk
Calculator for house rebuilding cost assessments for insurance purposes. The BCIS is commissioned by the Association of British Insurers to provide guidance figures for the rebuilding cost of a home to allow householders to check their sums insured. This calculator gives a general indication of rebuilding costs for many common properties within the UK, but it should be noted that it is not appropriate for all houses and the rebuilding cost of even similar houses can vary depending on individual circumstances.

www.ico.gov.uk
The Information Commissioner’s Office is the UK’s independent authority set up to promote access to official information and to protect personal information. They enforce the Data Protection Act, the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations and the Environmental Information Regulations.

www.depositprotection.com
DPS is the only custodial deposit protection scheme. It is free to use and open to all landlords and letting agents. The service is funded entirely from the interest earned from deposits held. Landlords and letting agents are able to register and make transactions online. The scheme is supported by a dedicated call centre and an independent dispute resolution service.

www.hse.gov.uk
The Health and Safety Commission is responsible for health and safety regulation in Great Britain. The Health and Safety Executive and local government are the enforcing authorities who work in support of the Commission. It includes information on gas safety and regulations which place duties on landlords and letting agents.

www.opsi.gov.uk
The Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) is at the heart of information policy, setting standards, delivering access and encouraging the re-use of public sector information.

www.identity-theft.org.uk
This website can help you protect yourself against identity theft, advises what to do if it happens to you and suggests where to get further help. It has been produced by the Home Office Identity Fraud Steering Committee, a collaboration between UK financial bodies, government and the police to combat the threat of identity theft.

www.cifas.org.uk
CIFAS is the UK’s Fraud Prevention Service with 270 Members spread across banking, credit cards, asset finance, retail credit, mail order, insurance, savings and investments, telecommunications, factoring, and share dealing. Members share information about identified frauds in the fight to prevent further fraud.

www.landlordzone.co.uk
LandlordZONE.co.uk - helping Landlords since 1999 – a free access web portal for landlords, agents & tenants – a knowledge base for practitioners and a marketplace for buyers & suppliers.

www.themovechannel.com
UK and worldwide property resource with over 50,000 property listings and a unique directory of more than 50,000 property and real estate websites.

www.gov.uk/government/collections/energy-performance-certificates
Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) are used to help improve the energy efficiency of buildings. If you are buying or selling a home you now need a certificate by law. The certificate provides ‘A’ to ‘G’ ratings for the building, with ‘A’ being the most energy efficient and ‘G’ being the least, with the average up to now being ‘D’. Accredited energy assessors produce EPCs alongside an associated report which suggests improvements to make a building more energy efficient.

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