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Propertymark campaign succeeds in including commission in furloughed pay

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. Read More...

Landlord Income Tax Relief fully phased in

06 April 2020

At the Summer Budget 2015, the then Chancellor George Osborne announced that the amount of Income Tax relief landlords can get on residential property finance costs will be restricted and gradually reduced from April 2017 until April 2020. Read More...

UK Gov guidance – EPCs and COVID-19

06 April 2020

On 2 April 2020, the UK Government released information confirming that the legal requirement to obtain an EPC before selling or letting a property remains in place, but EPC assessments should only be conducted where they can be done safely and in line with guidance relating to Coronavirus. Read More...

Agents on commission must be considered in Job Retention Scheme

03 April 2020

In a letter to Alok Sharma, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Propertymark has urged him to promptly allow agents to include employee’s full salaries under the variable pay element of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Read More...

Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill – impact on the private rented sector

02 April 2020

Following the passing of the Coronavirus Act 2020 by the UK Parliament, the Scottish Parliament has introduced and passed its own emergency legislation to tackle the Coronavirus outbreak. Read More...

Christopher Pincher is tenth Housing Minister in a decade

Friday 14 February 2020

Christopher Pincher MP has been appointed Housing Minister in the cabinet reshuffle replacing Esther McVey. Mr Pincher is the MP for Tamworth and was previously the Minister of State for Europe and the Americas.

Outgoing Housing Minister Esther McVey has seen out just under seven months as Housing Minister, having been appointed to the role in late July 2019. Her successor will become the tenth Housing Minister in as many years, a fact that has drawn ire from property industry commentators.

 

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I’m very sorry to be relieved of my duties as Housing Minister… I wish my successor the very best and every success. I’m very grateful to the Prime Minister for having given me the opportunity to serve in his government and he will continue to have my support from the back benches.

Esther McVey MP- outgoing Housing Minister, via Twitter

 

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Delighted to be appointed as the @mhclg Minister of State for Housing - though sad to be leaving a great team at @foreignoffice.

This Government will deliver on our commitment to build the housing that people need. Looking forward to getting stuck in alongside @RobertJenrick.

- Christopher Pincher MP - Housing Minister, via Twitter

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We welcome Christopher Pincher as the new Housing Minister. Unfortunately, the lack of continuity in this post and the persistent changes means it’s near impossible for anyone in the role to make an impact.

Fixing the broken housing market should be the priority, and there’s a number of consultations and policy that requires action – most importantly the Regulation of Property Agents. We forward to working with the new Minister on these important changes to the industry.

Lauren Scott

Mark Hayward
NAEA Propertymark Chief Executive

 

Robert Jenrick MP has retained his role in the reshuffle and will continue as Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

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