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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...

Licensing schemes are irresponsible in the current climate

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. Read More...

The Letting Partnership commend agents on the crucial service they provide

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. 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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Tenant Hardship Loan

Agents and landlords dealing with tenants who are experiencing difficulties in meeting their monthly rent payments due to the pandemic should ensure they direct tenants to the financial support that has been made available for them, particularly the tenant hardship fund. Click the button below for details on how to apply.

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PROPERTYMARK RESOURCES

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.