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Energy Efficiency PRS Regulations in Scotland on hold again

15 January 2021

The Scottish Government has today, 15 January, announced the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Standards that were to come into law in April 2021, with the first standard requiring properties to have a minimum EPC rating D for new tenancies from April 2022, have again been postponed. Read More...

New building safety regulators proposed for Wales

15 January 2021

The Welsh Government’s Building Safety White Paper covers all multi-occupied residential buildings, from houses converted into flats through to high rise apartment blocks. It sets out major reforms to how properties are designed, built, managed, and lived in whilst proposing clear lines of accountability and a stronger regulatory system. Read More...

Support growing for Fire Safety Bill amendments that add protection for leaseholders

15 January 2021

In November, the House of Lords passed an amendment to the UK Government’s Fire Safety Bill making changes to the current legislation to protect leaseholders from having to pay for historical fire safety remedial work, including the removal of dangerous cladding. Read More...

Tightened restrictions for working from home and in people’s homes

13 January 2021

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has announced today, 13 January, six new changes to COVID-19 restrictions in Scotland to come into force on Saturday, 16 January, subject to Parliament approval. Among these changes are statutory guidance on working from home and a limitation on working within other people's homes by law. Read More...

Northern Ireland Executive announces COVID-19 response

Thursday 19 March 2020

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill announced a wide-ranging package of support aimed at supporting all sections of the economy and society. Acknowledging the impact already being felt by the economy, businesses, public services, jobs, and people’s livelihood.

Key measures to support the sector

  • Exploring support for people in the private/social rented sector
  • Exploring support for people in crisis and emergency accommodation
  • Launch of community support fund (getting essential support to people)
  • £370 million grant support scheme for most vulnerable businesses
    • Immediate grants of £10,000 will be provided to all small businesses who are eligible for the Small Business Rate Relief Scheme (those with NAV up to £15,000)
    • Immediate grant of £25,000 will be provided to companies in the retail, tourism and hospitality sectors
    • The schemes will be administered by DfE / InvestNI working with DoF’s Land and Property Services

Business rates

The Executive has already committed to providing a three-month rates holiday to all businesses from April to June 2020, automatically reducing the annual rate bill by 25 per cent.

Rate bills for 2020-21 were due to be issued in April 2020. To avoid placing financial pressure on ratepayers affected by COVID-19, rate bills will not be issued until June 2020, which will happen automatically.

The Hardship Rate Relief scheme is available for non-domestic ratepayers who have been affected by exceptional circumstances. It is only available on rates that are due, and if a business has been affected during March 2020.

At any time a ratepayer is experiencing any difficulty in paying a business rate bill, they are encouraged to contact Land and Property Services at the earliest opportunity.

Northern Ireland Executive's statements

FORTHCOMING ANNOUNCEMENT

A range of measures will be coming forward and over the coming days with daily Government updates.

The leaders pledged to be in regular and focused communication with the public and will be available daily to communicate and keep people updated on what actions and measures they are taking.

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Today we stand united as leaders to help guide Northern Ireland – our people – through this time of unprecedented challenge.

Arlene Foster, Northern Ireland First Minister  

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It's a very difficult time and we know you need our full support and resources.

Michelle O'Neill, Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister

 

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.