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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...

Agents in Scotland to be ready to open for business from 29 June

Monday 22 June 2020

As announced on 19 June, the Scottish Government’s phased exit plan has moved into Phase Two to be introduced in stages and guidance has now been published for agents. Whilst it’s not a return to normal, house moves will be permitted.

Following the current safety guidelines, agents can also prepare residential properties to be ready to move in or undertake any activities to make the property or land ready for sale.

The Scottish Government has prepared guidance for everyone to adhere to, which includes information on safe house moves and viewings for both vendors and agents. They have a clear message that this isn’t legislation, and to prevent it from becoming so it must be followed.

The Route Map published on 21 May showed the Scottish Government is carefully and gradually lifting lockdown restrictions with criteria to be met to progress through it. 

Phase Two

The guidance on opening offices

The guidance breaks down what agents will now be able to undertake when opening their businesses whilst ensuring the safety of their staff and customers, follow the link below for the full.

Government guidance

Propertymark guidance and resources

Propertymark has produced some in-depth guidance giving clarity and insight for the safe return of the property sector, which is available to members. Daryl McIntosh, Strategic Development Manager for Scotland, and Northern Ireland outlined the changes for agents and our guidance in a webinar – a recording is available.

Guidance   Webinar recording

Planning for the post-pandemic will mean agents need to reassess their processes, how they promote themselves to vendors and prepare their business. Propertymark has produced a series of articles to help agents on areas including ‘socially distanced viewings’, ‘preparing your office’, ‘transitioning staff back into the workplace safety’. These articles can be found on our news pages, and members can access them in their member area.

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