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Change smoke and carbon rules for earlier checks

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. Read More...

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.

However, we would like to strongly remind estate and letting agents, that whilst you can carry out your business as per the regulations, offices should remain closed to members of the public. 

It is now more important than ever that mitigations remain in place as agreed and as set out in the Department for Communities (DfC) guidance, the guidance for construction/ tradesmen working in other people homes and Propertymark guidance.

The general adherence to these guidelines last year has meant the sector can remain open as it is accepted that it is operating in a low-risk way and continued working to the guidelines will ensure the sector remains open.