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Property Factors (Scotland) Act 2011: Code of conduct for Property Factors

Published: 13 Jul 2012
ISBN:
9781780459455

The code of conduct part of the Property Factors (Scotland) Act 2011 which property factors are required to abide to.

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Property Factors (Scotland) Act 2011: Code of conduct for Property Factors
SECTION 3: FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS

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SECTION 3: FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS

While transparency is important in the full range of your services, it is especially important for building trust in financial matters. Homeowners should know what it is they are paying for, how the charges were calculated and that no improper payment requests are involved. [4]

The overriding objectives of this section are:

  • Protection of homeowners' funds
  • Clarity and transparency in all accounting procedures
  • Ability to make a clear distinction between homeowners' funds and a property factor's funds

3.1 If a homeowner decides to terminate their arrangement with you after following the procedures laid down in the title deeds or in legislation, or a property changes ownership, you must make available to the homeowner all financial information that relates to their account. This information should be provided within three months of termination of the arrangement unless there is a good reason not to (for example, awaiting final bills relating to contracts which were in place for works and services).

3.2 Unless the title deeds specify otherwise, you must return any funds due to homeowners (less any outstanding debts) automatically at the point of settlement of final bill following change of ownership or property factor.

3.3 You must provide to homeowners, in writing at least once a year (whether as part of billing arrangements or otherwise), a detailed financial breakdown of charges made and a description of the activities and works carried out which are charged for. In response to reasonable requests, you must also supply supporting documentation and invoices or other appropriate documentation for inspection or copying. You may impose a reasonable charge for copying, subject to notifying the homeowner of this charge in advance.

3.4 You must have procedures for dealing with payments made in advance by homeowners, in cases where the homeowner requires a refund or needs to transfer his, her or their share of the funds (for example, on sale of the property).

If you are a private sector property factor:

3.5a Homeowners' floating funds must be held in a separate account from your own funds. This can either be one account for all your homeowner clients or separate accounts for each homeowner or group of homeowners.

3.6a In situations where a sinking or reserve fund is arranged as part of the service to homeowners, an interest-bearing account must be opened in the name of each separate group of homeowners.

If you are a Registered Social Landlord or local authority property factor:

3.5b Homeowners' floating funds must be accounted for separately from your own funds, whether through coding arrangements or through one or more separate bank accounts.

3.6b In situations where a sinking or reserve fund is arranged as part of the service to homeowners, an interest-bearing account or accounting structure must be used for each separate group of homeowners.


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