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FSA to regulate sale and rent back market

The FSA will publish shortly details of its regulatory regime, which will take effect on 1 July 2009 subject to Parliamentary approval.

The Government’s consultation followed an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) market study published at the end of last year, which looked at the impact of the growing sale and rent back market.T

The OFT report identified a number of risks to homeowners entering into these arrangements and made three recommendations to Government, including compulsory regulation, increasing consumer awareness and improving information about housing benefits.

The legislation includes a two-stage approach to regulation to ensure consumers are protected as quickly as possible in the current market environment.

The FSA will put in place its full regulatory regime in the second quarter of 2010, following consultation and the publication of its final rules.

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Yvette Cooper, said: "The Office of Fair Trading found last year that vulnerable homeowners were at risk from unscrupulous sale and rent back operators. It’s not right that people can be pushed out of their homes through dodgy deals."

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