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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...

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.

Northern Ireland is currently in the second week of a six-week lockdown, however, First Minister Arlene Foster admitted there were ‘very difficult decisions’ to take as ministers came together in an emergency meeting during the evening of Monday 4 January. Ministers have met again this morning and it is expected that tougher restrictions to combat the rising cases of Coronavirus in Northern Ireland will be announced soon.

No new restrictions for housing market

Despite this, the Department for Communities in Northern Ireland has confirmed that house moves and the associated activities for moving home, including viewing properties, maintenance, and removals, remain the same as the six-week lockdown guidance released on 26 December.

The guidance states that agents are permitted to remain open to facilitate the buying and selling of property, including associated activities such as the viewing of properties. However, individuals are not permitted to enter the high street offices of agents during the lockdown.

As always, it is important that all safety guidance is followed strictly.

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New measures to be announced at Northern Ireland Assembly

Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill has confirmed that the Northern Irish Executive will formalise the new measures before bringing them to the Northern Ireland Assembly on Wednesday 5 January.

In the meantime, Propertymark continues to reach out to all devolved Governments in order to gain as much clarity as possible for our members to operate safely during the Coronavirus outbreak. Should there be any further developments we will strive to update our members as soon as we can.