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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...

 

Property market to continue during lockdown in Scotland

Monday 04 January 2021

Following the statement made on 4 January by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 10) Regulations 2021, will come into force on 5 January, allowing persons to only leave home for a reasonable excuse.

These rules will apply across the Scottish mainland until at least the end of January and will be kept under review. Island areas will remain in tier three, but it has been said that they would be monitored carefully.

The regulations contain details of reasonable excuses including:

Moving home or undertaking activities in connection with the maintenance, purchase, sale, letting, or rental of residential property that the person owns or is otherwise responsible for.

The property market is, therefore, permitted to continue however, there is an emphasis that wherever anyone can, they should be working from home until the end of January at the very earliest.

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The Scottish government will do everything we can to speed up distribution of the vaccine. But all of us must do everything we can to slow down the spread of the virus.

We can already see - by looking at infection rates in the south of England - some of what could happen here in Scotland. To prevent that, we need to act immediately and firmly.

For Government, that means introducing tough measures - as we have done today. And for all of us, it means sticking to the rules.

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister

PROPERTMARK GUIDANCE

As the property sector remains open, Propertymark continues to review the relevant guidance and has created overlaying best practice guidance to support you in working safely and effectively.

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