Ten new courts unveiled to tackle evictions proceedings backlog

Thursday 30 July 2020

The Lord Chancellor, Robert Buckland announced on 19 July 2020 the locations for ten ‘Nightingale Courts’ which have been rapidly set up with the aim of tackling the impact of Coronavirus on the justice system.

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Demand from tenants and rental supply highest on record for June

Thursday 30 July 2020

ARLA Propertymark’s Private Rented Sector (PRS) June report saw the number of new prospective tenants continue to rise, following the Government’s COVID-19 lockdown, with the average branch registering 79 new tenants, compared to 70 on average in May.

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Guidance released for re-opening of housing market in Wales

Tuesday 28 July 2020

Today, 28 July, the Welsh Government has released guidance for the property sector and has updated its amendments to the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations in light of the re-opening of the housing market from 27 July.

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Welsh Housing market to re-open fully from Monday 27 July 2020

Friday 24 July 2020

Today, 24 July, the Welsh Government confirmed that the housing market will fully reopen on Monday 27 July 2020.

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Welsh Government extend Notice Periods to six months with immediate effect

Thursday 23 July 2020

Today, 23 July 2020, the Welsh Government has temporarily increased the notice period that landlords must provide from three months to six months to end Assured and Assured Shorthold Tenancies.

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Agents need masks when dealing with visitors to branches

Thursday 23 July 2020

As the public will have to wear masks when entering a shop from 24 July, Propertymark can confirm, that in line with our best practice guidance, it won't be necessary for estate and letting agents' staff to wear a face covering whilst in the office with the same group of people and social distancing except when dealing with visitors.

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Government lays out plans for regaining possession from 23 August

Wednesday 22 July 2020

In response to an urgent question by Shadow Housing Secretary Thangam Debbonaire, Housing Minister, Chris Pincher MP has today said that an end to the pause on possession proceedings on 23 August is an important step towards the resumption of normal life and allowing landlords and tenants access to justice.

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Renting Homes (Amendment) (Wales) Bill to continue

Wednesday 22 July 2020

The Welsh Government has announced they will recommence the scrutiny of the Renting Homes (Amendment) (Wales) Bill in the autumn when back from their summer recess term.

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Government to reform planning system in England

Tuesday 21 July 2020

In Parliament today, 21 July, Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, announced new rules that homeowners will be able to add up to two additional storeys to properties to create new homes or more living space through a fast track approval process.

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Government asks the industry to comment on draft code of practice

Monday 20 July 2020

A consultation on an overarching Code of Practice has been launched today, 20 July, which will be key to the work of the new industry regulator, when they are eventually appointed.

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Landmark Government Bill on building safety published

Monday 20 July 2020

The UK Government has today, 20 July, published its draft Building Safety Bill which aims to make residents safer in their homes and deliver the biggest changes to building safety for nearly 40 years.

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£1.4m funding to help manage problem debt in Wales

Monday 20 July 2020

The Welsh Government announced today, 20 July, a new Early Alert Scheme which will provide £1.4 million of funding to debt advice services that have faced a dramatic increase due to the pandemic in order to further support the private rented sector (PRS).

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Government funding for tenancies for vulnerable people

Monday 20 July 2020

Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, announced on Saturday, 18 July, a £266 million package to support vulnerable people into long term accommodation.

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Domestic abuse guidance

Friday 17 July 2020

Propertymark has partnered with DAHA (Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance) to provide agents with updated advice and guidance on domestic abuse, which includes how to spot the signs and respond to cases.

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How to manage tenancy deposit returns after check-out delays during COVID-19

Friday 17 July 2020

Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS), discuss the best ways to manage tenancy deposit returns which have been delayed due to late check-outs on rental properties.

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The detrimental impact of increasing Capital Gains Tax

Friday 17 July 2020

Rishi Sunak, MP wrote to the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS), asking for a review of Capital Gains Tax (CGT) and aspects of the taxation of chargeable gains which has raised concerns with Propertymark.

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Latest Government English housing survey released

Thursday 16 July 2020

The number of households in the private rented sector (PRS) remains unchanged for the sixth year in a row, according to the latest data for 2018-19.

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Propertymark members can claim £900 savings with Client Money HealthChecks

Thursday 16 July 2020

Propertymark Industry Supplier, The Letting Partnership, is calling for more agents to take up Client Money HealthChecks instead of traditional accountants' reports, which can save businesses time and an average of £900 every year.

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Remedial work on cladding progressing too slowly

Wednesday 15 July 2020

Concerns have been raised over the progress and funding of the remediation efforts after the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) established the Building Safety Programme to tackle dangerous cladding in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

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Court rules 'No DSS' letting bans unlawful

Tuesday 14 July 2020

After a recent case where a mother of two had been refused rented accommodation because she received housing benefits, a judge has ruled that blanket bans are unlawful and discriminatory.

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Land Transaction Tax threshold raised in Wales

Tuesday 14 July 2020

The Minister for Finance and Trefnydd, Rebecca Evans, has announced today, 14 July, changes to the Land Transaction Tax rates effective from 27 July 2020 until 31 March 2021 with the threshold lifted from £180,000 to £250,000.

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LBTT threshold is now effective

Monday 13 July 2020

Revenue Scotland has confirmed the changes to the nil rate band for LBTT residential property transactions which will take effect from Wednesday 15 July and remain in place until 31 March 2021.

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Reviewal date set for housing market in Wales to fully open

Friday 10 July 2020

First Minister, Mark Drakeford has today, 10 July 2020 announced in his statement reviewing the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations that the Welsh Government will consider reopening the housing market, to allow viewings in occupied properties, from 27 July 2020.

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Apprenticeships soften pandemic blow to employment for young people

Wednesday 08 July 2020

As part of today’s announcement by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, apprenticeships are to receive a huge boost from the UK Government's measures to grow jobs and strengthen the economy.

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Government introduces Job Retention Scheme

Wednesday 08 July 2020

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, launched today, 8 July, a new scheme to encourage businesses to keep furloughed workers providing a £1,000 one-off payment to UK employers for every employee they bring back from furlough, who remains in employment until the end of January 2021.

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More support for Universal Credit announced in Summer Statement

Wednesday 08 July 2020

In his Summer Statement today, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak said that millions of people are moving onto Universal Credit because of the Coronavirus pandemic and the UK Government will double the number of Work Coaches in Job Centres.

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Green Homes Grant announced to improve energy efficiency

Wednesday 08 July 2020

Today, the Chancellor announced that the UK Government will introduce a new £2billion Green Homes Grant for landlords and homeowners to help make their property more energy-efficient.

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Additional dwellings higher stamp duty still applies

Wednesday 08 July 2020

On the back of The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak’s, announcement today, 8 July, on the temporary overhaul of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT), landlords wishing to buy an additional home to rent will still have to pay the additional higher rate.

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Welsh Government release further advice for PRS

Monday 06 July 2020

The Welsh Government has updated its information for letting agents and tenants relating to repairs that builds on the guidance they released on 25 June 2020 for home moves in Wales.

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Regulations on local lockdown published

Friday 03 July 2020

The UK Government has published Regulations for Leicester which clarify that agents do not need to cease viewings or close branches in areas of local lockdown.

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