SRB: 10 days to comply

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has reminded companies and landlords in the sale and rent back (SRB) market that only 10 days remain for them to apply for FSA permission to keep operating

From 1 July SRB landlords and companies have had one month to submit a complete application for interim permission to continue their SRB business activities. Under the new rules, SRB will become a regulated activity and applicants will have to demonstrate they meet minimum standards and are ‘fit and proper’ persons. The regime will require that businesses treat customers fairly, making clear important details, such as the length of time they can stay in the property, before they make their final decision on whether to sell

The main part of the interim regime is the requirement on applicants to provide a sustainable business plan which shows funding streams and evidence that the funding will continue. More specifically, the FSA will be looking to see that applicants have access to funds in order to complete purchases

Under the new rules, SRB operators will have to guarantee access to an independent valuation. In addition, the consumer must be fully aware of the level of discount being offered and that they understand their beneficial interest in the property will cease upon sale

John Socha, vice chairman, National Landlords Association, said: “The clock is now ticking if companies or individuals want to continue with sale and rent back transactions. Ethical sale and rent back must be an option for some consumers. It provides flexible tenure and the ability to remain in their property for those who can no longer afford the costs of home ownership