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Lettings Agency Firm Wide Risk Assessment


This Template Lettings Agency Firm Wide Risk Assessment is for use by residential letting agents dealing with high value lettings (at a monthly rent of 10,000 euros or more) to assess the risks of money laundering and terrorism financing to which its business may be subject.

Under The Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 as amended by The Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) Regulations 2019 (‘the Regulations’), letting agents dealing with high value lettings must have a risk assessment in place.  The risk assessment must be in writing and subject to annual review.  Its purpose is to help letting agents understand the risks their business is exposed to.  HM Revenue & Customs (the supervising authority for letting agents dealing with high value lets) can request a copy of this risk assessment which you must provide to them.

Letting agents who are caught by the Regulations are required to gather information in order to prepare their risk assessment. For example, agents may review old files or discuss risks with staff or ask staff to complete a questionnaire. How and what information is gathered must be recorded and provided to HM Revenue & Customs upon request.

Letting agents caught by the Regulations must consider the risk factors that their own business may be exposed to and identify these in their assessment. 

This template should be read in conjunction with our Lettings Agency Customer Identification and Risk Assessment Form and Lettings Agency Anti-Money Laundering Policy. 

Our anti-money laundering templates are an EXAMPLE ONLY and are intended to be a starting point for you to implement the requirements set out in the legislation and guidance.  You must tailor the templates to suit your own business. These templates must be read alongside the relevant money laundering regulations and specific HM Revenue & Customs guidance.

If you are unsure how to edit or adapt these templates in accordance with the relevant legislation and guidance, professional advice should be sought. 

Guidance from HM Revenue & Customs on the Regulations can be accessed hereHM Revenue & Customs tailored guidance for letting agents can be accessed here.

Failure to comply with the Regulations can result in civil penalties or criminal prosecution. Senior managers and nominated officers can also be found personally liable for a breach of the Regulations. 

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