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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Propertymark responds to Flood Insurance Review 2020

Thursday 13 August 2020

An estimated seven million homes remain excluded from the Flood Re insurance obligation, including 1.1 million leasehold homes, and three million homes in urban areas. Propertymark has long held the view that the scheme should be extended to cover the leasehold and private rented sector.

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Consultation open on replacing Liverpool’s Landlord Licensing Scheme

Wednesday 12 August 2020

Liverpool City Council is asking for views on their proposals for a new selective licensing scheme which would cover designated areas around the city equating to around 80 per cent of privately rented properties.

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Tenant Saver Loans paid directly to agents and landlords in Wales

Tuesday 11 August 2020

Today, 11 August 2020, the Welsh Government announced the introduction of their new Tenant Saver Loan Scheme, which will be made available from the beginning of September to support those most affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Government urged to speed up cladding remediation process

Monday 10 August 2020

The second report from the Industry Safety Steering Group on the progress of culture change in the construction sector was issued on 5 August, which highlighted the need for further change for the industry now, ahead of the legislation.

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Consultation to reform planning system launched

Thursday 06 August 2020

Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick announced today, 6 August, the Government is ‘Planning for the Future’ and aims to overhaul outdated systems and reform the way the country builds.

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Property market to continue through Aberdeen lockdown

Thursday 06 August 2020

Following the announcement on 5 August by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, that Aberdeen is in lockdown for a period of at least seven days, the Scottish Government has published regulations clarifying the property market can still function.

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COVID-19 not dampened enthusiasm to get OnTheMarket

Thursday 06 August 2020

A property market online portal has seen the number of agent branches listing exclusively rise by 1,619, which is a year-on-year rise of 42 per cent.

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Staying safe whilst lifting lockdown

Tuesday 04 August 2020

COVID-19 is a powerful disruptor, responsible for the delay of almost 450,000 property transactions. It goes without saying that everyone has to take action in order to minimise the ongoing impact.

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Scottish Government continue to refuse LARN applications

Tuesday 04 August 2020

14 applications from agents requesting a letting agent register number (LARN) have been refused by the Scottish Government, with the specifics for the refusals not yet specified in the most recent update, however, details for some of the refusals will be published shortly.

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Clarity provided for agents in North of England

Monday 03 August 2020

On the evening of Thursday 30 July, the UK Government announced a tightening on restrictions for some areas within the North of England in order to protect against the risks to public health arising from Coronavirus.

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