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LettsPay partners with The Guild to provide Members with automated accounting tool

LettsPay partners with The Guild to provide Members with automated accounting tool

Partnerships Iain McKenzie, CEO of The Guild of Property Professionals 15th August 2022

Due to the increasing uncertainty of the banking sectors stance on allowing agents to have undesignated client accounts for their lettings business, The Guild of Property Professionals has partnered with LettsPay, an automated client accounting engine to provide Members with a rental payment tool that will make reconciling tenant payments and compliance much easier.

 

Iain McKenzie, CEO of The Guild of Property Professionals, comments, “Following discussions with our Member agents, we wanted to find the best solution in the market that would meet all their requirements, LettsPay was that solution. As the first automated end-to-end client accounting engine to utilise digital accounts, LettsPay has the potential to revolutionise the lettings sector when it comes to rental collection and landlord payments. The automated lettings management platform is an innovative proptech tool that will assist our Members to overcome certain challenges within the sector, while increasing their potential revenue, saving costs and remaining compliant.”

 

According to Garrett Foxon, Founder of LettsPay, the engine has specifically been designed for the rental sector, automating as much of the rent collection and payment process as possible. “Using the latest finance technology, LettsPay creates separate accounts for landlords, with their own sort code and account number. The engine also automatically notifies tenants when it is time to pay their account. When payment is received, LettsPay allocates the funds, which means all the letting agent would need to do is create and approve the pay out to the landlord. The system will communicate to the tenant that the payment has been received and it will produce an automatic statement for the landlord. The automation of the process will save agents time and will make it far easier to manage a larger portfolio of clients. The engine is also able to manage payments to contractors, deposit accounts and HMRC for NRL tax,” he says. 

 

Foxon adds that the automation will allow lettings agents to accommodate more landlords within their portfolio without needing to increase their headcount. “If much of the process is automated, agents will be able to focus on the activities that generate revenue for their business rather than doing necessary but time-consuming admin tasks,” he comments. “Another advantage of the engine is that agents can pay their landlords from anywhere via a smart device, which means they no longer have to wait to get back to their office if they at viewings. Landlords and suppliers are paid immediately from the engine using an easy three-step process.”

 

According to Foxon, the engine is another selling point that agents can use when prospecting for more clients, as landlords love the security of having their own designated client account. “The fact that landlords are paid immediately and are notified of the payment is another selling point. Through LetttsPay, agents will also be able to provide landlords with statements, which can be generated for any date range they desire,” he adds.

 

Apart from the revenue generating advantages of the engine, a huge additional benefit is that is helps agents to remain compliant. Lettings agencies must be part of the Client Money Protection (CMP) Scheme to trade. LettsPay will help landlords and letting agents ensure they adhere to CMP and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations.

 

Paul Offley, Compliance Officer at The Guild, says: “LettsPay will eradicate the logistical issue of Members having to deal with updating banking details when undesignated client accounts are closed.  The designated accounts per landlord will make it far easier to keep track of transactions and lettings agents will be able to provide a full reconciliation and audit trail of all payments between tenants and landlords, making compliance far easier.”

 

For more information about LettsPay contact garrettfoxon@lettspay.co.uk. 

 

 

Iain McKenzie, CEO of The Guild of Property Professionals

Iain McKenzie is the CEO of The Guild of Property Professionals and is responsible for the direction and management of the brand plus offering support to the network of over 800 Guild Members. Iain is a highly established estate agent and business leader, with over 30 years of industry experience and a strong entrepreneurial background. He has led and managed teams to success, as a business owner, Franchise Director and MD for a large corporation. Iain has 30 years’ agency experience starting within the industry at 17 on a youth training scheme in Devon. He quickly progressed through the ranks, and at 26 he became a Regional Manager. Three years later, he set up an independent estate agency, called Complete Property Services, and became a Member of The Guild of Property Professionals. This was his first encounter with The Guild and was extremely impressed with the services that were offered. In 2011, he joined a large corporate as Managing Director, which grew year-on-year

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