It is fair to say that the equity release market of today is safer than it has ever been. Both Lifetime Mortgages and Home Reversion Plans are now regulated by the industry watchdog, the Financial Services Authority (FSA).
Advisers who practice advising on Equity Release must now also have specific qualifications in this specialist field.
The market is also protected by an industry body known as The Equity Release Council who took over from SHIP (Safe Home Income Plans) on May 28 2012, The Equity Release Council is dedicated entirely to the protection of plan holders and promoting only safe equity release plans. Their Code of Practice has been welcomed by Age Concern.
We consider the safety of our customers as paramount. As such, we will only recommend a plan that has met all the standards and guarantees set by The Equity Release Council.