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Energy Efficiency PRS Regulations in Scotland on hold again

15 January 2021

The Scottish Government has today, 15 January, announced the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Standards that were to come into law in April 2021, with the first standard requiring properties to have a minimum EPC rating D for new tenancies from April 2022, have again been postponed. Read More...

New building safety regulators proposed for Wales

15 January 2021

The Welsh Government’s Building Safety White Paper covers all multi-occupied residential buildings, from houses converted into flats through to high rise apartment blocks. It sets out major reforms to how properties are designed, built, managed, and lived in whilst proposing clear lines of accountability and a stronger regulatory system. Read More...

Support growing for Fire Safety Bill amendments that add protection for leaseholders

15 January 2021

In November, the House of Lords passed an amendment to the UK Government’s Fire Safety Bill making changes to the current legislation to protect leaseholders from having to pay for historical fire safety remedial work, including the removal of dangerous cladding. Read More...

Tightened restrictions for working from home and in people’s homes

13 January 2021

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has announced today, 13 January, six new changes to COVID-19 restrictions in Scotland to come into force on Saturday, 16 January, subject to Parliament approval. Among these changes are statutory guidance on working from home and a limitation on working within other people's homes by law. Read More...

Property industry urges the use of the UPRN across the sector

13 January 2021

Propertymark, along with other leading residential property bodies across the UK, have published an open letter to Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and Thalia Baldwin, Director of the Geospatial Commission highlighting the potential benefits from implementing a widely adopted Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN). Read More...

New rules for off-payroll workers

12 January 2021

Changes to off-payroll working rules (IR35) are coming into effect in April 2021. Agents must understand and prepare for the changes and new rules, be mindful of potential additional costs when entering new arrangements with suppliers, and carefully consider renewals of existing contracts with workers for future engagements. Read More...

Propertymark Qualifications celebrate successful year with four top students

Tuesday 15 December 2020

On Tuesday 15 December, Propertymark Qualifications hosted an online event to celebrate the fantastic achievement of four students, who, over the course of 2019/2020, achieved Distinction in their Level 4 Certificate in Residential Letting and Property Management, one of the highest-level qualifications awarded by Propertymark Qualifications.

It has undoubtedly been a hard year across the UK but, despite the challenges, the four candidates, Frances Boyt (Chestertons), Naomi Murdoch (Dexters), Melissa Knox (Knight Frank), and Mikolaj Jachowicz (Jorgensen Turner), were all able to attain an average mark of 70 per cent or higher across all six units of their qualification, each with a two-hour written exam.

Along with Michael Smith, Head of Propertymark Qualifications, the four candidates were joined by Tim Green, Chair of Propertymark Qualifications Governing Body, ARLA Propertymark’s Vice President, David Votta, and Tim Balcon, Propertymark CEO, who virtually presented the candidates with their certificates and awards while congratulating them on their hard work.

Celebrating success

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We appreciate that it has been a challenging and difficult year for many of us, both at home and work, but what has shone through during this time is agents’ commitment to professional development and the pursuit of qualifications. There aren’t many candidates that achieve Distinction, so in the absence of this year’s annual Propertymark Qualifications Awards event, we wanted to take the opportunity to spotlight their success and achievements and to celebrate them with the wider property sector.

Tim Balcon

Michael Smith
Head of Propertymark Qualifications

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One of my key targets as Propertymark CEO is to raise the professional status of property professionals so they are looked at in the same light as other professionals. One of the most effective ways we can do this is by increasing the number of qualified agents across the country.

As recently qualified Level 4 students, Frances, Naomi, Melissa and Mikolaj will serve as exceptional role models for a highly qualified profession and are leading the way in raising their professional profile.

Tim Balcon

Tim Balcon
Propertymark CEO

Thinking about becoming qualified?

Last year, the RoPA Working Group recommended all staff delivering ‘reserved activities’ employed within the residential agency business should at minimum hold a qualification at Level 3 or above.

Propertymark Qualifications offer both Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications that will meet the requirements of the RoPA Working Group recommendations. Both are Ofqual regulated and are available for sales and lettings.

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