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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...

Agents in Scotland given 100% rates relief during crisis

Monday 30 March 2020

Letting and estate agents, along with a host of other businesses, will be exempt from rates relief from 2020-21 as part of the Scottish Government’s £2.2 billion plan to support businesses through the Coronavirus outbreak.

Under the new Non-Domestic Rates (Coronavirus Reliefs) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 introduced to the Scottish Parliament, it confirms 100 per cent rates relief for the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.

The Scottish Government is working with local authorities to make sure this relief is implemented as soon as possible.

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While our primary concern is for people’s health, it is clear that the COVID-19 outbreak is significantly impacting Scotland’s economy – particularly businesses in the hospitality, retail, tourism, aviation, and leisure industries.

The Scottish Government is determined to take decisive action to support businesses through this crisis, and these rates reliefs will provide an important source of financial support for companies in these sectors and their staff during this difficult time.

Ben Macpherson, Minister for Public Finance

WHAT PROPERTYMARK IS DOING

Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic Propertymark has been working tirelessly with all Governments across the UK to ensure support, resources, and guidance for the sector. We ensured that the UK Government extended the business rates relief to letting and estate agent offices in England and we are pleased that the Scottish Government has done the same.

Propertymark webinar

Daryl McIntosh, Propertymark Strategic Development Manager will host a webinar on 8 April to discuss the latest guidance and provide further other updates.

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Propertymark is engaging with Governments and politicians at all levels as part of our #KeepTheRentFlowing campaign and is providing guidance to agents on their legal obligations in light of COVID-19.