Latest News

Welsh Government guidance for property agents and landlords

07 April 2020

The Welsh Government has produced Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance covering self-isolation, visiting a property, mental well-being, supporting tenants and business support. Read More...

Propertymark campaign succeeds in including commission in furloughed pay

06 April 2020

Government has amended the eligibility criteria following Propertymark's campaign for agents' commission payments to be included in claims for Furloughed Pay. Read More...

Landlord Income Tax Relief fully phased in

06 April 2020

At the Summer Budget 2015, the then Chancellor George Osborne announced that the amount of Income Tax relief landlords can get on residential property finance costs will be restricted and gradually reduced from April 2017 until April 2020. Read More...

UK Gov guidance – EPCs and COVID-19

06 April 2020

On 2 April 2020, the UK Government released information confirming that the legal requirement to obtain an EPC before selling or letting a property remains in place, but EPC assessments should only be conducted where they can be done safely and in line with guidance relating to Coronavirus. Read More...

Agents on commission must be considered in Job Retention Scheme

03 April 2020

In a letter to Alok Sharma, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Propertymark has urged him to promptly allow agents to include employee’s full salaries under the variable pay element of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Read More...

Measures to protect landlords and tenants

Thursday 19 March 2020

The Government last night announced a radical package of measures to protect renters and landlords affected by Coronavirus.

As a result of these changes, no renter in either private or socially rented accommodation needs to be concerned about the threat of eviction, as they will not be forced out of their home during this difficult time.

The package announced on 18 March includes:

  • Emergency legislation to suspend new evictions from social or private rented accommodation while this national emergency is taking place
  • No new possession proceedings through applications to the court to start during the crisis
  • Landlords will also be protected as a three-month mortgage payment holiday is extended to Buy to Let mortgages

Yesterday, ARLA Propertymark informed members across the lettings and estate sector that emergency legislation would be taken forward as an urgent priority so that landlords will not be able to start proceedings to evict tenants for at least a three-month period.

Recognising the additional pressures the virus may put on landlords, the Government has confirmed that the three-month mortgage payment holiday announced earlier in the week will be extended to landlords whose tenants are experiencing financial difficulties due to coronavirus. This important step on Buy to Let mortgages ensures parity of support, further to the announcement that the Government made for private mortgage holders.

Government guidance will be issued which asks landlords to show compassion and to allow tenants who are affected by this to remain in their homes wherever possible.

Quote mark

We are very conscious of the plight of tenants in these difficult times and appreciate any Government action to help those affected by the current situation.

Letting agencies rely on rental payments and therefore Government must help to ensure agents can maintain their current service levels during any period where rent is not being paid. Specifically, we are calling on Government to extend the retail discount on business rates to estate and letting agents.

David Cox, ARLA Propertymark Chief Executive

Quote mark

The Government is clear – no renter who has lost income due to coronavirus will be forced out of their home, nor will any landlord face unmanageable debts.

These are extraordinary times and renters and landlords alike are of course worried about paying their rent and mortgage. This is why we are urgently introducing emergency legislation to protect tenants in social and private accommodation from an eviction process being started.

Robert Jenrick MP, Housing Secretary 

At the end of this period, landlords and tenants will be expected to work together to establish an affordable repayment plan, taking into account tenants’ individual circumstances.

To support this announcement, the Government has worked with the Master of the Rolls to widen the ‘pre-action protocol’ on possession proceedings, to include private renters and to strengthen its remit. This will support the necessary engagement between landlords and tenants to resolve disputes and landlords will have to reach out to tenants to understand the financial position they are in.

WHAT PROPERTYMARK IS DOING

On the back of members' comments, Propertymark is bringing these to the Government’s attention to ensure the sector’s voice is heard. We will inform members of any further progression.