Government extends support to stop business evictions in 2020

Thursday 17 September 2020

Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, announced yesterday, 16 September, that all commercial tenants will be protected from the risk of eviction until the end of this year.

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Evictions post 20 September 2020

Thursday 17 September 2020

The UK Government has published an updated form relating to property possession claims brought before 3 August 2020 that must be reactivated. These relate to claims already received by the court.

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Mayor of London calls for a two-year freeze on private rents

Wednesday 16 September 2020

Today, 16 September, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, wrote to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, calling the Government to give him the powers to freeze private rents as the economic fallout from COVID-19 continues.

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10 years of Gas Safety Superheroes

Wednesday 16 September 2020

Propertymark advocates for only the highest standards in the property industry, and this week during Gas Safety Week, we want to highlight the impacts of not doing the proper checks on your properties.

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Welsh Government extend rules on notice periods

Wednesday 16 September 2020

Letting agents and landlords in Wales must wait six months before they can start evictions it was announced yesterday, 15 September, except where anti-social behaviour or domestic violence is involved.

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High Court rules in favour of agents over Business Interruption Insurance

Tuesday 15 September 2020

Thousands of companies disputing their insurers' interpretations of liability under Business Interruption Insurance welcome the court ruling today, 15 September, where it found in favour of the arguments advanced for policyholders on the majority of issues brought by the Financial Complaints Authority (FCA) test case.

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Government urged to stick to courts reopening timetable and amend the system

Tuesday 15 September 2020

Following the UK Government’s recent announcement about the courts in England and Wales reopening from 21 September to hear possession hearings, ARLA Propertymark has written to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to urge them to stick to the timetable but also to reflect on the implications of COVID-19, looking to adequately resource and amend the existing courts' system.

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More must be done to get empty homes back into use

Monday 14 September 2020

In a letter to Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP, Minister of State for Housing, Propertymark campaigns for action on empty homes, asking what measures the UK Government is taking to improve the situation and get more empty homes back into use.

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Propertymark supports Gas Safety Week 2020

Sunday 13 September 2020

Propertymark has pledged its support for Gas Safety Week, which takes place 14 -20 September 2020, and we will be raising awareness about the importance of gas safety to its members and the public.

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Avoiding the Stamp Duty rush – get properties on the market by 26 September

Friday 11 September 2020

Propertymark has launched a consumer campaign telling sellers in England that the optimum date to be on the market by is 26 September. This will reduce the chance of missing out on the Stamp Duty holiday deadline of 31 March 2021.

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Further Government announcement on evictions 'offers no support for the sector'

Friday 11 September 2020

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) stated on the evening of 10 September its intention to further protect tenants who cannot pay rent due to Coronavirus.

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Northern Ireland’s extended notice to quit periods now in force

Thursday 10 September 2020

The Northern Ireland Assembly has now passed the Private Tenancies (Coronavirus Modifications) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 which extends the changes to the notice to quit periods to 31 March 2021.

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Propertymark calls for RoPA Code of Practice to be strengthened

Wednesday 09 September 2020

Propertymark has responded to the Overarching Code of Practice for Residential Property Agents consultation, welcoming the proposals, and calling for the Code to be strengthened in four key areas to further support the industry.

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Propertymark pressure leads to improved guidance

Wednesday 09 September 2020

Propertymark has welcomed improved Joint Money Laundering Steering Group (JMLSG) guidance on pooled client accounts (PCAs) following our response to JMLSG’s review and sustained engagement with HM Treasury and UK Finance to make it easier for letting agents to meet their legal obligations.

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Housing Secretary unveils £12 billion boost for affordable homes

Tuesday 08 September 2020

Robert Jenrick, Housing Secretary, announced today, 8 September, new investment in housing to ‘help the country build back better’, including a new Shared Ownership scheme and homes for social rent to help the most vulnerable.

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Further changes to the notice periods during the Coronavirus period

Monday 07 September 2020

The Scottish Government has introduced regulations that change the length of notice periods landlords must provide tenants when using certain grounds for possession whilst the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 is in force.

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The age of digital deposit management for student lets

Thursday 03 September 2020

Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS), a Propertymark Industry Supplier, discuss the topic of agents being forced into accelerating and embracing digital processes over recent months and how they believe it isn’t necessarily a bad thing – especially regarding student lets.

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New ARLA Propertymark President ‘honoured to be the first from Wales’ rises to the challenge ahead

Wednesday 02 September 2020

Angela Davey, Head of Lettings and Property Management at Peter Alan in Wales, takes over the reins as the new ARLA Propertymark President from 2 September, succeeding Phil Keddie, who had a successful extended term despite negotiating unprecedented times.

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Extended notice periods to continue to March 2021

Tuesday 01 September 2020

The Scottish Government has today confirmed that the ban on evictions will be extended for a further six months to March 2021.

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New notice periods come into force

Friday 28 August 2020

Regulations outlining how six month notice periods will work in England, have been published today and will come into force on Saturday 29 August 2020. Following on from the intention announced last week by Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick, today's development effectively extends the Coronavirus Act 2020 through to 31 March 2021.

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UK Government urged to help renters clear COVID-19 rent debts

Friday 28 August 2020

ARLA Propertymark, along with five other leading organisations representing tenants, landlords and letting agents have united to urge the UK Government to provide financial help to private renters plunged into rent arrears during the pandemic through no fault of their own.

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Demand from tenants highest ever on record

Thursday 27 August 2020

Propertymark’s Private Rented Sector Report for July shows a record-breaking month across the board, with increases in demand, supply, and average tenancy length.

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Draft Scottish Advice Note on cladding fire risk released and open for feedback

Wednesday 26 August 2020

On 30 March 2020, Scottish Government approved the launch of a Technical Working Group tasked with developing a Scottish Advice Note to determine the fire risk of external wall systems in multi-storey residential buildings.

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The impact of COVID-19 on midterm property visits

Tuesday 25 August 2020

Darren Clapp CEO of KPR, Propertymark Industry Supplier, discusses how the unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic continues to cause global concern and economic hardship for agents, tenants, and landlords and how KPR is supporting the industry.

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Government announces another extension to evictions ban

Friday 21 August 2020

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has confirmed that it is to extend the ban in England on evictions to 20 September and will also introduce six-month long notice periods that will run until 31 March 2021.

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New rules require information from landlords in possession cases

Thursday 20 August 2020

The Civil Procedure Rules Committee has agreed rule changes to be applied to possession proceedings once the current stay on proceedings comes to an end on 23 August 2020.

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First ever Junior Estate Agent Apprenticeship end-point-assessment delivered

Wednesday 19 August 2020

A major milestone for apprentices in the property industry was marked on 20 July when Propertymark Qualifications remotely delivered its first ever end-point-assessment for a Junior Estate Agent Apprenticeship and Charlie Maidment of Fox & Sons, Southampton, became the first ever qualified Junior Estate Agent.

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Market outlook is strong

Friday 14 August 2020

With the demand for rental property on the increase, and the sales market experiencing a significant rise in mortgage applications, lockdown hasn’t been a deterrent for buyers and renters determined to make a change.

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Tenancy Deposit lessons from lockdown

Friday 14 August 2020

As restrictions are gradually easing and the housing market begins to see encouraging movement, the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) takes a look back over recent months and reflects on the valuable lessons learnt that can help with the recovery moving forward.

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The impact of COVID-19 on letting agents in Northern Ireland

Thursday 13 August 2020

ARLA Propertymark responded to a consultation from the Department of Communities (Northern Ireland) looking at areas of concern impacting letting agents throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

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