The Property Ombudsman Alters Complaints Process to Speed up Disputes
By |Published On: 6th September 2018|

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The Property Ombudsman Alters Complaints Process to Speed up Disputes

By |Published On: 6th September 2018|

This article is an external press release originally published on the Landlord News website, which has now been migrated to the Just Landlords blog.

The property ombudsman has implemented changes to its complaints system in an attempt to appear fairer and to speed up the process.

Previously, an agent would witness the outcome first of a complaint if it was upheld against it, while a consumer would be informed first if their complaint was rejected, prompting claims of bias on both sides.

However, now both agents and their clients will see the outcome of disputes simultaneously.

Agents and clients will also be able to track upcoming deadlines and who is managing their case on its RESPOND system.

TPO’s board and council have also been substituted by one unitary board chaired by Baroness Diana Warwick.

Gerry Fitzjohn, former Chairman of the board, and Michael Stoop, former Vice-Chairman of the board, will take up the positions of non-executive directors on the new unitary board.

Stoop will also take on the role of chair of the industry forum which will feed back industry matters and concerns.

A separate consumer forum will be chaired by Mark McLaren, an independent board member.

TPO said its membership as of mid-August was 19,557, with 1,169 agents from single offices and 507 branch offices joining in the past six months.

Katrine Sporle, Property Ombudsman, commented: “Despite being at the centre of complaint handling, it is apparent that the industry sometimes struggles with how to approach complaint handling in a consistent way.

“In response, we are committed to driving up standards by putting even greater emphasis on education, giving agents the right tools to handle complaints more effectively themselves.”

In another change, agents are to be given access to online training on complaints handling.

The first 1,000 agents who purchase TPO’s Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations (CPRs) course will receive the complaints handling course for free.

Completion will earn agents continuing professional development (CPD) points.

Full details are available at

About the Author: Em Morley (she/they)

Em is the Content Marketing Manager for Just Landlords, with over five years of experience writing for insurance and property websites. Together with the knowledge and expertise of the Just Landlords underwriting team, Em aims to provide those in the property industry with helpful resources. When she’s not at her computer researching and writing property and insurance guides, you’ll find her exploring the British countryside, searching for geocaches.

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