Alert level four restrictions remain for Wales

Friday 29 January 2021

On Friday 29 January 2021, Mark Drakeford, the First Minister confirmed the alert level four lockdown restrictions will remain in place in Wales for the next three weeks. This means no changes to the existing rules on house moves and related activity.

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Stamp Duty holiday extension arguments outlined to MPs ahead of debate

Friday 29 January 2021

Propertymark continues to engage with MPs ahead of the virtual debate on extending the relief to Stamp Duty Land Tax. Following the announcement of the session, politicians have been sent a briefing outlining reasons for extending the relief for home buyers.

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New Model Tenancy Agreement to ‘help renters with well-behaved pets’

Friday 29 January 2021

The UK Government has announced changes to the Model Tenancy Agreement to enable tenants with ‘well-behaved pets’ to secure a tenancy more easily. Propertymark urges the UK Government to recognise the impact of their decision to cap deposits and the knock-on costs that landlords face.

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Document all activity for electrical checks

Friday 29 January 2021

With no extension to the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 forthcoming from the UK Government, Propertymark is urging its members to document all activity relating to arranging, planning and scheduled work relating to compliance with electrical checks.

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LBTT holiday will not be extended

Thursday 28 January 2021

The Scottish Government has announced in their Budget 2021-2022 that the change to the residential LBTT nil rate band, introduced in July 2020, will not be extended but the 100 per cent non-domestic rates relief will be for at least the first three months of the financial year.

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Less than a third of agents saw rent increases in December

Thursday 28 January 2021

ARLA Propertymark’s Private Rented Sector Report for December highlights the consistent theme throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in that agents and landlords are continuing to respect the financial position of tenants by preventing rent increases wherever possible.

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Winter weather precautions

Wednesday 20 January 2021

Propertymark Industry Supplier, Gallagher offers practical steps that can help agents and their clients reduce the risk of damage to property as areas of the nation are set to see further warnings of more inclement weather to come. Damage caused by the escape of water from frozen pipes and other equipment can be extremely costly in repairs and disruption.

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Concerns raised over new energy efficiency proposals

Wednesday 20 January 2021

Propertymark has responded to the UK Government’s consultation on Improving the Energy Performance of Privately Rented Homes in England and Wales by highlighting a number of concerns. These relate to affordability and the need to look beyond a one-size fits all policy and develop proposals that work with the different age, condition, and size of properties in the private rented sector.

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Change smoke and carbon rules for earlier checks

Tuesday 19 January 2021

Propertymark has responded to the UK Government’s consultation on extending the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Regulations in England, arguing that the rules should be amended so that landlords and agents must make sure the alarms are tested prior to the start of the tenancy and not on the first day of each new tenancy.

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Licensing schemes are irresponsible in the current climate

Tuesday 19 January 2021

Propertymark has responded to a number of licensing scheme proposals from local authorities across England in recent months arguing that Councils who are pursuing the implementation of licensing schemes are being socially irresponsible. This is because in these unprecedented times landlords and agents are not able to comply with the requirements and Council resources are unlikely to be able to effectively enforce them.

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The Letting Partnership commend agents on the crucial service they provide

Tuesday 19 January 2021

Propertymark Industry Supplier, The Letting Partnership, a specialist provider of client accounting and Client Money Protection services, outlines why letting agents should stand proud as we begin 2021and take stock of the vital role they perform during the challenges presented by the pandemic.

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First ever Wrongful Termination Order granted

Monday 18 January 2021

A landlord has been penalised for evicting a tenant on wrongful grounds by the Housing & Property Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (FTS) by awarding its first Wrongful Termination Order.

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Energy Efficiency PRS Regulations in Scotland on hold again

Friday 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.

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New building safety regulators proposed for Wales

Friday 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.

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

Friday 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.

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

Wednesday 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.

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Property industry urges the use of the UPRN across the sector

Wednesday 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).

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New rules for off-payroll workers

Tuesday 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.

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UK Government reviewing adjusted check process

Monday 11 January 2021

Following a letter Propertymark sent to the Immigration Minister outlining concerns about adjusted Right to Rent checks, the Home Office has responded saying “we are taking this opportunity to conduct a review of the adjusted checking process.”

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Lockdown continues in Wales and evictions extension

Friday 08 January 2021

The Welsh Government has today, 8 January, issued a statement confirming they have reviewed the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 5) (Wales) Regulations 2020 and confirm that Wales will remain at alert level 4 with a further review on 29 January 2021.

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Further extension to evictions ban

Friday 08 January 2021

Today, 8 January, Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, announced a further extension to the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions for private renters in England which comes into force on 11 January. The current restrictions were due to end on Monday following a month-long ban over the Christmas period. The new extension will be until 21 February and reviewed regularly.

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Agents high street offices to remain shut to the public

Friday 08 January 2021

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 came into operation at midnight on 7 January 2021 which provides the legal authority for home moves to continue during this period of lockdown.

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Leasehold reform to save households up to tens of thousands of pounds

Thursday 07 January 2021

Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick has announced that millions of leaseholders will be given the right to extend their lease by a maximum term of 990 years at zero ground rent as part of the biggest reforms to English property law for forty years, fundamentally making home ownership fairer and more secure.

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Ban on enforcement of eviction orders extended in Scotland

Thursday 07 January 2021

New regulations are being laid before Parliament that will ensure no eviction orders can be enforced within level three or level four restriction areas until at least 31 March.

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Housing market to remain open in Northern Ireland amidst tighter restrictions

Tuesday 05 January 2021

Following the national lockdown announcements for both England and Scotland, the Northern Ireland Executive has confirmed that although new measures are forthcoming, the current position on the housing market will remain the same.

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£4.6 billion funding to protect businesses during third lockdown

Tuesday 05 January 2021

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced a one-off top-up grant of up to £9,000 per business for those that have been made to close during the latest lockdown.

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The housing market can continue during lockdown in England

Monday 04 January 2021

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, today, 4 January, announced England will move to a new national lockdown that requires, under UK Coronvirus Alert Level 5, people must stay at home, except for limited exceptions.

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Property market to continue during lockdown in Scotland

Monday 04 January 2021

Following the statement made on 4 January by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 10) Regulations 2021, will come into force on 5 January, allowing persons to only leave home for a reasonable excuse.

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EU citizens will continue to pass Right to Rent checks

Monday 04 January 2021

The lists of acceptable identification outlined in the Right to Rent Code of Practice and the need for letting agents to deliver Right to Rent checks in England continue unchanged until 30 June 2021.

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