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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...

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.