Striving in a contracting economy

Thursday 30 April 2020

The Coronavirus crisis has started an economic contraction, but agents can use the furnace of adversity to improve and define their businesses to provide solutions for vendors when the crisis is over.

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Northern Ireland extension on notice to quit period

Wednesday 29 April 2020

The Private Tenancies (Coronavirus Modifications) Bill was introduced into the Assembly 21 April 2020 and passed its final stage yesterday (28 April).

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What can conveyancers do now?

Wednesday 29 April 2020

In these uncertain times, conveyancers must be absorbing guidance given by the Government and The Law Society and become a fountain of knowledge as their clients approach them for guidance and a resolution. Propertymark looks at what you should be doing to keep on top of ongoing change.

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Scottish Government COVID-19 housing and homelessness guidance

Tuesday 28 April 2020

As the housing sector in Scotland responds to the Coronavirus outbreak it is essential that bringing empty properties into use is a national priority to ensure the continuing provision of safe and secure accommodation to those in need of emergency housing.

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Updates made to Tenant Fees Toolkit Wales in light of changes to default fees

Monday 27 April 2020

The Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act 2019, which gives Welsh Ministers the power to prescribe a list of payments in default and a limit of what is permitted, applies to all tenancy agreements signed on or after 28 April 2020.

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Post Pandemic Plan: Do you know what it costs to market a property?

Monday 27 April 2020

During the lockdown period, many agents with furloughed staff have experienced the roles and responsibilities carried out by staff right across the company. This has provided an opportunity to reassess the business and appraise a wide number of processes.

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Post Pandemic Plan: Socially distanced viewings

Friday 24 April 2020

Even when the lockdown is lifted, it is unlikely that life will immediately return to the way it was previously. Agents will be wondering what they can do to provide viewings to service vendors and kick start their business.

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Post Pandemic Plan: Marketing planning to stand your business in good stead

Friday 24 April 2020

In light of the pandemic, speaking with your clients, marketing your business in the correct light and having the right approach when having conversations has never been so important. Keep your business at the forefront of the ongoing change with some expert advice.

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Government guidance produced for renters and landlords in Jersey

Thursday 23 April 2020

To stop islanders becoming homeless during the Coronavirus pandemic guidance clarifying the rights of both a landlord and tenant has been issued following new regulations.

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Notice to Quit periods to be extended in Northern Ireland

Wednesday 22 April 2020

On 21 April 2020, the Northern Ireland Executive introduced a Bill to extend the Notice to Quit periods set out in the Private Tenancies (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 from four to 12 weeks during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Inquiry launched into impact of Coronavirus

Wednesday 22 April 2020

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee in the UK Parliament have launched an inquiry into the impact of Coronavirus on homelessness and the private rented sector.

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How COVID-19 is affecting agents around the globe

Wednesday 22 April 2020

There is one crisis that is affecting all agents but are all countries feeling the same strain and adhering to the identical parameters when it comes to renting and selling property?

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Coronavirus business financial support tool launched

Wednesday 22 April 2020

The Government has released a new ‘support finder’ tool which aims to help businesses and self-employed people across the UK to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Ruling on Right to Rent Judicial Review

Tuesday 21 April 2020

The verdict on the Appeal against the ruling in the Judicial Review brought by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and the Residential Landlords Association was published today, 21 April, rejecting claims that the scheme is solely responsible for discrimination in selecting potential tenants for private sector rented property.

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Unexpected cost benefits of using a Custodial Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme

Tuesday 21 April 2020

At a time when many letting agents are reviewing their costs and processes, ARLA Propertymark wants to highlight the advantages of using TDS’ free Custodial deposit scheme.

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TPO say agents should not ignore issues during Coronavirus

Tuesday 21 April 2020

The Property Ombudsman (TPO) has issued guidelines on how businesses should handle issues that arise during the restrictions around Coronavirus and reminds agents that redress scheme membership must continue.

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme portal open

Monday 20 April 2020

Following the Government’s announcement on Friday 17 April, confirming the extension of the furloughed scheme until the end of June, HMRC has opened its online portal and it is now accessible for claims to be submitted.

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Small Business Rates Relief Northern Ireland

Monday 20 April 2020

Propertymark has received information from the Land and Property Services about the measures available to support businesses and confirmation that the three months rates holiday applies to all businesses in Northern Ireland to support them at this unprecedented time.

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Furlough scheme extended

Friday 17 April 2020

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak has announced that the UK Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which pays cash grants to furloughed employees affected by the virus has been extended for an extra month to reflect continuing social distancing measures.

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Grants and funding available during the pandemic

Friday 17 April 2020

The UK Government has introduced financial support for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic and in recent Propertymark webinars, experts from various fields provided in depth information on what grants and funding are available and how to access them.

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Vital building safety work to continue during pandemic

Friday 17 April 2020

Local leaders have announced that essential work to replace unsafe cladding on high-rise buildings will continue during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Talking to your clients has never been so important

Thursday 16 April 2020

Communication with your clients and tenants is key during these uncertain times, whether that be delivering flowers, boosting the morale in your community, or even just keeping in touch and asking your clients on a personal level how things are for them.

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Changes to the tenancy regime in Scotland

Wednesday 15 April 2020

The Scottish Government introduced the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020, receiving Royal Assent on 6 April 2020. This emergency legislation is primarily aimed at protecting those living in the rented sector and to prevent unnecessary evictions in these unprecedented times.

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COVID-19: Scottish Government updated advice for the sector

Wednesday 15 April 2020

The Scottish Government has updated its guidance for letting agents and landlords adding to the previous information provided to the sector with an update on the short-term emergency loan scheme, confirmation about the new rules on evictions and postponement of the proposed new energy efficiency regulations.

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Agents encouraged to be a phoenix not an ostrich

Tuesday 14 April 2020

Staying motivated during this challenging time can be difficult and it is important to stay positive and optimistic as where there is change there will be opportunity.

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Keeping your business running during the Coronavirus pandemic

Thursday 09 April 2020

Agents may be wondering how best to keep the cash flowing, cut costs and get their business ready for a return to the new normal. There are a number of steps managers and business owners can take to keep their business in good shape during this time of economic and general uncertainty.

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Property MOTs needed to regulate the industry

Thursday 09 April 2020

Darren Clapp CEO of KPR, Propertymark Industry Supplier, discusses the uncertain time we are all faced with and how KPR is supporting the industry.

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Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 stakeholder guidance

Wednesday 08 April 2020

The emergency legislation introduced by the Scottish Government and passed by the Scottish Parliament received Royal Assent on 6 April 2020. To coincide with it’s passing into law the Scottish Government has released a guidance document that outlines key measures contained within the Act.

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Welsh Government guidance for property agents and landlords

Tuesday 07 April 2020

The Welsh Government has produced Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance covering self-isolation, visiting a property, mental well-being, supporting tenants and business support.

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Propertymark campaign succeeds in including commission in furloughed pay

Monday 06 April 2020

Government has amended the eligibility criteria following Propertymark's campaign for agents' commission payments to be included in claims for Furloughed Pay.

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