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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...

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.

The Scottish Government has confirmed the regulations will take effect from 22 January 2021 and will be reviewed every 21 days.

There are exemptions to the regulations in relation to the most serious circumstances such as illegal occupation, antisocial behaviour, and criminal behaviour including domestic abuse.

The need to introduce the measures are due to the continued rise in cases caused by the new variant of the COVID virus and this action will help to ensure everyone, including renters, are protected from the health, social and economic harms of the virus by being able to remain in their homes during this time.

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Propertymark recommends that if members are uncertain about anything relating to evictions to contact the legal helpline. Full details of the helpline can be found by logging into the member area.