Applications from Adviser firms are welcome subject to the following criteria.

Directly Authorised (DA)

In order to validate a firm membership, all suitably qualified individuals who are actively providing advice on equity release must join at the same time along with the firm's application, and this list of individuals should be regularly updated with new joiners and leavers. There will be application fees payable for each indidivual and firm application at the outset, and annual membership fees will be calculated on a matrix of headcount in each DA firm (see table below). All subscription and charges will be billed directly to the firm only for all aspects of the application. Should a DA subsequently become an Appointed Representative (AR) then the rules applicable for AR will apply (see below), and The Equity Release Council (The Council) reserves the right to cancel any membership that does not comply or satisfy with the requirements set out at that time.

Appointed Representative (AR)

Applications will only be accepted from ARs whose Principal firm is a member of The Equity Release Council (The Council). Where the Principal is confirmed as a member the application submitted will be subject to the same validation criteria as a DA, in that all suitably qualified individuals actively providing advice on equity release within the AR firm are all joined at the same time as the firm's application. There will be application fees payable for each individual and firm application at the outset, and annual membership fees will be calculated on a matrix of headcount for the Group. All subscriptions and charges for ARs will be billed directly to the AR firm and not the Principal unless otherwise agreed. It should be noted that any AR firm who subsequently become Directly Authorised (DA) should advise The Council accordingly. The Council reserves the right to cancel any membership associated with the Principal should the Principal resign its own membership or where any memberships do not comply or satisfy with the requirements set out at that time.

Please email us at: info@equityreleasecouncil.com for Principal fees

Clubs (other adviser groups)

Any club representing a group of advisers can become a member in the Associate category. The club members however would still need to join in the capacity of one of the above as DA or AR. Please email us at: info@equityreleasecouncil.com for Club fees

Annual Membership Fee scale for  financial adviser organisations:

*NB: An application fee of £70.00 would be required.

Sole trader/Individual financial adviser £289.00
2 to 9 financial advisers £263.00 per adviser
10 to 24 financial advisers £210.00 per adviser
Over 24 financial advisers £184.00 per adviser


Please note
: that financial adviser organisations applying for membership must complete and submit the application form which can be found on the menu to the right. All sections applicable for both the firm and each individual will need to be completed.

The current application fee which is £70 and the annual membership fee applicable, should be sent in two separate cheques. The application fee is non-refundable; the membership fee cheque will be held until the application process has been completed.

Cheques should be made payable to: The Equity Release Council

Applications will not be processed until full payment of both application and membership fees have been receivedIf an application is not approved, the membership fee will be returned.

Membership renewal fees are payable annually. The Equity Release Council reserves the right to change fee rates at point of renewal.

Completed applications should be submitted to:

Equity Release Council
3rd Floor, Bush House
North West Wing
Aldwych
London
WC2B 4PJ

Please contact info@equityreleasecouncil.com regarding any queries about membership applications or fees.