New body offers accreditation and redress in the property-wealth education sector

An accreditation scheme which will see the property sector benefit from more transparency in relation to consumers purchasing property education has been launched by the Property Investors Bureau (PIB).

After three months of extensive public consultation, the new Property Educators Accreditation Scheme (PEAS) has taken on its first applicants and will soon be able to help consumers who purchase property education to benefit from more information, guidance, and redress.

PIB says that a number of the UK’s most influential property investment educators are leading the way by applying to become founding members of PEAS and that should they pass the application stage followed by a six month probation period, they will become the first accredited property investment educators of the scheme.

PIB also says that Kate Faulkner the Property Specialist, Paul Shamplina of Landlord Action, Richard Bowser of Property Investor News, and the PropertyTribes the online property forum, have been vocal about issues within the sector and have expressed support for PEAS.

PEAS was founded out of a need for self-regulation and higher standards in the property investment education sector and PIB sees the launch of PEAS as the first step in a positive change of culture within the sector.

Property expert, John Howard was the first property educator to submit an application to become a member of PEAS and commented:

“I’ve been in property investment for 40 years and think it’s vital that we have self-regulation in the industry.

“I am delighted to be a founding member and I feel it will be a great asset to property educators and investors.”

PEAS is supported by the government-authorised Property Redress Scheme (PRS).

By joining PEAS, educators will automatically be signed up to the PRS who are the scheme’s chosen complaint adjudicators.

Sean Hooker, Head of Redress for the PRS said:

“The Property Redress Scheme provides independent redress for the customers of Property Investors Bureau.

“We already run a Government authorised redress scheme for letting agents and property managers who have to provide this by law, however even though the PIB is a voluntary body, we are also approved by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute to provide complaint resolution under The Alternative Dispute Resolution for Consumer Disputes (Competent Authorities and Information) Regulations 2015.

“Before PIB approached us, there was not a scheme who were offering this for practitioners in the property education sector, so we have agreed to provide this.

“We offer an escalated complaint service that a consumer can use if they are unsatisfied with the way a member has dealt with their complaint.

“Whilst we won’t look at complaints where the customer has not made the money they thought they would, we can see if they have been misled or deceived.”

By becoming accredited through PEAS, credible property educators are able to differentiate themselves from less credible operators.

Another recent applicant to PEAS was Ranjan Bhattacharya, founder of the Baker Street Property Meet, who commented:

“As a provider of property education for the last 15 years, I am delighted to be one of the founding members of this initiative.

“This will raise standards and will help consumers by acting as a foundation for making more informed decisions when choosing an educator.”

Other educators such as Simon Zutshi of Property Investor Network, Gill Fielding of Fielding Financial, and Kevin Wright of Positive Property Finance, are all supporters of PEAS.

Whilst it is not expected that the new body will solve all of the issues within the property investment education sector overnight, they say it is important to start somewhere then continue to adapt and improve.

Cyril Thomas, Chairman of PIB, said:

“We are enthused by the vast support for the scheme and will continue to embrace all who want to be a part of the solution.”

Read the PEAS code of Practice.

 

EYE reported in January on moves to bring regulation to the property education sector.

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9 Comments

  1. Property Poke In The Eye

    Again a toothless setup by PIB.

    The property education sector needs to be regulated by the FCA as the amount of investment ADVICE being rammed down peoples throats is eye watering.

     

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  2. Ruth Halliburton

    This is fantastic news. Well done for finally doing something to start moving this industry in the right direction. Too many just sit there whining whilst contributing nothing to the solution. Keep up the good work.

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  3. 123430

    What PEAS?

    Property Guru’s are Gods, they are above the Law. Some have criminal records, some can’t even speak English before becoming a property Guru. All are now Gods beyond the law. What is PEAS, can I order Chips with this please!

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  4. smile please

    The burning question we are all asking, is Samuel Leeds going to apply and if he does will he be accepted.

    His little appearance with Joe Lycett last week heaps more pressure on him and his kind.

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  5. AgencyInsider

    It may not be the FCA  but the FCA has done F***A to control or curtail the self-appointed ‘experts’ who peddle their snake oil to the greedy and gullible. If this new lot can bring a little order to the Wild West, then I applaud them. It may not be perfect and it may not be enough but at least it is setting a benchmark and if an ‘educator’ does not get accredited the public should ask ‘why not?’ when they consider parting with their cash in return for ‘enlightenment’. The problem I foresee is that the public won’t know this body exists.

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    1. Property Poke In The Eye

      Investment advice is a regulated activity – they should be qualified to that standard and follow the FCA code.
       
      The consumer has access to the financial compensation scheme should they be mis-led.

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    I am also seeing these so called Guru’s turning on each other-  as there is only so many mugs for conversion.
     
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