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Proportionate approach needed to building safety in Wales

15 April 2021

Propertymark has responded to the Welsh Government’s consultation on improving building safety in Wales by supporting the proposed measures but urging the Welsh Government to also consider the height of buildings, occupation and material used to build property to determine fire risk rather than simply the number of dwellings. Read More...

To replace or repair? That is the question (regarding tenancy deposits)

14 April 2021

Sandy Bastin, Head of Adjudication Services at Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS), a Propertymark Industry Supplier, discusses cleaning and damage to property and contents best practice given they continue to top the list of most common reasons for tenancy deposit disputes. Read More...

Safety remains a priority as restrictions ease

13 April 2021

Yesterday, 12 April 2021, the UK Government amended advice on house moves following the easing of restrictions in England. Read More...

COVID-19 restrictions relaxed and financial support announced

Thursday 01 April 2021

From today, 1 April, restrictions across Northern Ireland have eased further as part of the Executive's roadmap out of lockdown and the Coronavirus Financial Assistance (Business Support) Scheme 2021 was launched on 31 March by the Department of Finance.

Lockdown rules

The Regulations now permit up to six people (including children) from two households to meet outdoors or in a garden. Two households can also undertake outdoor sporting activities – this allows sport, such as golf and tennis, to resume in small groups of individuals from two households. However, clubhouses and sports facilities including changing rooms, showers, kitchens, and meeting rooms must remain closed apart from essential toilet facilities. Garden centres and plant nurseries can now operate a contactless click and collect service.

View the Regulations 

Impact on the sector

Restrictions for the property sector are unchanged with high street agencies remaining closed to the public. Strictly following the safety guidance is still paramount. The Northern Ireland Executive strongly advises that virtual viewings are used wherever possible, but viewings of properties can take place, however, household mixing must be avoided during viewing.

Associated activities, for example, removals processes, property preparation, handover of keys, surveys, and valuations can also take place in line with guidance on working in other people’s homes.

Moving home guidance 

Further financial support

The Coronavirus Financial Assistance (Business Support) Scheme 2021 was launched by the Department of Finance on 31 March. The further financial support is for businesses who have financially suffered through the Coronavirus pandemic and were not eligible for any of the financial support previously available.

If financial support was previously obtained whereby payment of not less than £10,000 was received under any of the following Schemes, a business will not be eligible:

  1. Localised Restrictions Support Scheme
  2. Coronavirus Restrictions Business Support

Once it becomes operational, details of the Scheme will be found on the Department of Finance website.