On 01 July 2017 BAR launched the new Association wide Advanced Payment Guarantee Scheme (APG).
What this means for the consumer is there is further added protection, peace of mind and security when using a BAR Member. Having this APG in place provides consumer protection against a BAR Member going into financial failure whilst responsible for an un-discharged removal contract.
The APG scheme covers advanced payments (cash, BACS payments and/or debit card payments) made for private residential contracts concluded in the United Kingdom (only), in order to protect consumers against the risk of a BAR member in financial failure. The scheme is designed to cover Domestic, European and International moves.
The APG scheme is just one of the many benefits of using a BAR Member, as well as the BAR Code of Practice; Members must also reach and maintain the Criteria of BAR Membership. BAR also provide an Alternative Disputes Resolution scheme for consumers, which is handled independently by an approved Consumer ADR body under the ADR Regulations 2015. BAR understands the importance to protect the reputation and integrity of Members and to avoid the possibility of adverse publicity of an industry which is unregulated in itself.
BAR is bound under its Code of Practice to provide surety and its Members must adhere to the Code of Practice, which is approved by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI).