Land Transaction Tax (LTT) nil rate band extended

Thursday 04 March 2021

On 3 March 2021, the Welsh Government announced that the temporary increase to the nil rate band of LTT for residential property transactions will be extended to 30 June 2021.

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Lack of direct financial support for the sector in the Budget

Wednesday 03 March 2021

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has announced a number of measures affecting the property industry in the UK Government’s 2021 budget, but Propertymark believes more should be done in order to tackle COVID-related rent arrears.

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Calls continue for a Welsh Housing Survey

Wednesday 03 March 2021

Propertymark is continuing to back the National Residential Landlords Association’s (NRLA) in their campaign for the introduction of a Welsh Housing Survey (WHS). Laura Jones MS, Welsh Conservative Shadow Housing Minister, and Mike Hedges MS, Welsh Labour Chair of the Cross Party Group for Housing recently backed the calls by stating that “a Welsh Housing Survey is needed as evidence-based policymaking should be taken as standard.”

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Surge in the number of prospective tenants seeking properties

Friday 26 February 2021

ARLA Propertymark’s first Private Rented Sector Report of 2021 covering January shows the number of new prospective tenants rose by more than 27 per cent compared to December 2020 indicating no sign of demand slowing down.

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Renting Homes (Amendment) (Wales) Bill introduced

Wednesday 24 February 2021

The Welsh Government has announced the introduction of the Renting Homes (Amendment) (Wales) Bill which extends the minimum notice period from two to six months alongside other new provisions and will be implemented before the end of its current Assembly (May 2021).

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Landlord case makes legal history

Wednesday 24 February 2021

A Wales based landlord pleaded guilty to harassing a tenant, which is the first time a case of this nature has been brought to the Crown Court and received a six-month jail term suspended for two years.

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Property expert Nathan Emerson becomes Interim CEO of Propertymark

Wednesday 24 February 2021

The Board of Propertymark has asked Nathan Emerson to assume the role of Interim CEO with immediate effect. Nathan’s appointment will provide great stability for the organisation, its staff and its members and will ensure that the operational delivery of its new and exciting strategy is taken forward.

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Increased asymptomatic testing for anyone unable to work from home

Tuesday 23 February 2021

The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) is expanding asymptomatic COVID-19 testing which will be available for workforces via two different routes: either the workplace or community testing.

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Landlord awarded £16,000 in damages by First-tier Tribunal in Scotland

Tuesday 23 February 2021

The Scottish First-tier Tribunal has ordered two letting agents to pay £16,000 compensation to their former landlord client after their activities were found to be unregistered and in breach of code.

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Protection for tenants in Northern Ireland's private rented sector extended

Tuesday 23 February 2021

The Private Tenancies (Coronavirus Modifications) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020, which introduced the changes to the notice to quit periods, is to be extended to 30 September 2021.

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Regulations confirm extension to the ban on bailiff evictions

Tuesday 23 February 2021

On 19 February 2021, the UK Government laid the Public Health (Coronavirus) (Protection from Eviction) (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2021 which confirm the extension to the ban on bailiff evictions until 31 March 2021.

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Propertymark’s Scottish Parliament election manifesto focuses on 12 key areas

Tuesday 23 February 2021

Ahead of the Scottish Parliament elections scheduled to take place on 6 May 2021, Propertymark has released its key asks to support the housing sector.

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Dialogue with politicians supports Propertymark’s lobbying efforts

Thursday 18 February 2021

Lobbying is key to ensuring that our members have a voice as Government and politicians make decisions affecting the sector. One strand of lobbying work is Propertymark’s Ask The Experts parliamentary sessions, which give legislators the chance to get answers to questions on important property sector issues.

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Chancellor must act to tackle rent debt crisis

Thursday 18 February 2021

Propertymark alongside other sector organisations is calling for the Chancellor to act now and agree on a targeted financial package to help private renters pay off COVID-19 rent arrears to help sustain existing tenancies and keep renters in their homes.

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Concerns raised over UK Government mortgage proposals

Wednesday 17 February 2021

Propertymark has responded to the UK Government’s consultation on ‘Improving home energy performance through lenders’ by raising concerns that the proposed targets are unrealistic, too simplistic and could deter people from moving home.

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Tim Balcon has resigned as CEO of Propertymark

Wednesday 17 February 2021

The Board of Propertymark has accepted the resignation of its CEO, Tim Balcon. Following four months in the role Tim has decided and mutually agreed with the Board, that he will stand down as CEO of Propertymark today, 17 February. This follows a short period of handover to Interim Executive Chair, Nicky Heathcote.

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Continuous mental health support for the sector

Wednesday 17 February 2021

With everyone spending more time at home, many regular social activities no longer available and agents’ day-to-day work practices changing, Propertymark highlights the importance of nurturing your mental health and provides simple changes to our routines which can make a big difference.

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Further extension on ban on evictions and mediation pilot announced

Monday 15 February 2021

On 14 February, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced a further extension to the ban on bailiff evictions in order to ‘continue to support renters during the ongoing national lockdown restrictions’.

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‘Largest-ever’ investment announced to remove unsafe cladding

Wednesday 10 February 2021

Housing Minister Robert Jenrick has today, 10 February, announced the UK Government’s further plans to remove unsafe cladding by investing an additional £3.5 billion. Jenrick promises that the funding will ensure leaseholders in England in high-rise buildings above 18 metres will bear no costs in order to make them safe.

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Propertymark and Propertymark Qualifications celebrate National Apprenticeship week

Monday 08 February 2021

It’s National Apprenticeship Week, a time for organisations across the country to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, employers, and the economy. As the EPA organisation for the Junior Estate Agent apprenticeship, Propertymark Qualifications is taking part this year with a series of interviews with employers and their apprentices within the property sector.

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Deposit disputes and tenant fees – what agents need to know

Monday 08 February 2021

As a letting agent, it is not only important to be up to date with permitted fees to avoid potential deposit disputes; it can also save you costly legal penalties too. Debbie Davies, former letting agent and now Head of Sales and Marketing at Propertymark Industry Supplier, Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS), explains what agents need to know about tenancy deposit disputes and tenant fees.

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Propertymark calls on UK Government for urgent financial support

Thursday 04 February 2021

Propertymark has submitted its formal written representation to HM Treasury on new policy ideas for both estate and letting agents to be included in the UK Government’s Budget on 3 March 2021.

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Survey reveals high levels of mental ill health among agents

Wednesday 03 February 2021

A new report addressing mental health in estate agents found 64 per cent of respondents have had a mental illness, while 89 per cent would like to see mental health awareness integrated into workplace culture. Only 16 per cent of respondents say they have had any training or guidance on the issue.

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MPs line up to argue for a tapering off of Stamp Duty Holiday

Tuesday 02 February 2021

In yesterday evening’s Stamp Duty Land Tax debate in parliament, MPs reported that multiple constituents have contacted them raising issues with delayed sales due to COVID restrictions and the conveyancing logjam.

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The future of virtual tours

Monday 01 February 2021

Propertymark Industry Supplier, Made Snappy discusses the different uses of virtual tours and the positive impact they will have on the property industry over the next five years.

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Alert level four restrictions remain for Wales

Friday 29 January 2021

On Friday 29 January 2021, Mark Drakeford, the First Minister confirmed the alert level four lockdown restrictions will remain in place in Wales for the next three weeks. This means no changes to the existing rules on house moves and related activity.

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Stamp Duty holiday extension arguments outlined to MPs ahead of debate

Friday 29 January 2021

Propertymark continues to engage with MPs ahead of the virtual debate on extending the relief to Stamp Duty Land Tax. Following the announcement of the session, politicians have been sent a briefing outlining reasons for extending the relief for home buyers.

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New Model Tenancy Agreement to ‘help renters with well-behaved pets’

Friday 29 January 2021

The UK Government has announced changes to the Model Tenancy Agreement to enable tenants with ‘well-behaved pets’ to secure a tenancy more easily. Propertymark urges the UK Government to recognise the impact of their decision to cap deposits and the knock-on costs that landlords face.

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Document all activity for electrical checks

Friday 29 January 2021

With no extension to the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 forthcoming from the UK Government, Propertymark is urging its members to document all activity relating to arranging, planning and scheduled work relating to compliance with electrical checks.

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LBTT holiday will not be extended

Thursday 28 January 2021

The Scottish Government has announced in their Budget 2021-2022 that the change to the residential LBTT nil rate band, introduced in July 2020, will not be extended but the 100 per cent non-domestic rates relief will be for at least the first three months of the financial year.

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