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Clarity provided for agents in North of England

03 August 2020

On the evening of Thursday 30 July, the UK Government announced a tightening on restrictions for some areas within the North of England in order to protect against the risks to public health arising from Coronavirus. Read More...

Ten new courts unveiled to tackle evictions proceedings backlog

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. Read More...

Demand from tenants and rental supply highest on record for June

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. Read More...

Guidance released for re-opening of housing market in Wales

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. Read More...

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.

Over the last two weeks, Propertymark has also been seeking clarification on whether the Government's requirements for customers to wear face coverings when entering shops in England extends to estate and letting agents branches.

While agents offer professional services akin to solicitors and accountants, many offices are based in high street locations and are currently benefiting from a business rate discount designed for retail businesses. 

Propertymark worked towards clarity with the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government and agents should be welcoming visitors on an appointment basis and when all other methods of communication have been exhausted. Any visitor to the office should then be asked in advance to wear a face covering. 

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Safe viewings 

Propertymark has run a campaign to promote the importance of both clients and agents wearing personal protective equipment on every visit to residential property and we will continue to share those messages.

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Update best practice guidance will be issued by Propertymark soon and circulated it to members. Other COVID-19 property industry resources are available on the website. 

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