NHS announce stay at home measures on the back of new test and trace service

Friday 29 May 2020

With effect from 28 May 2020, individuals who have been notified that they have had contact with an infected person and instructed to stay at home for 14 days under the new NHS test and trace system will also be deemed incapable of work and eligible for SSP (statutory sick pay).

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Tenant Fees Act 2019 – Transition period comes to an end

Friday 29 May 2020

The Tenant Fees Act 2019 provided for a 12-month transition period for tenancies which started before June 2019 and ends on 31 May 2020, meaning any tenancy clauses in existing contracts that charge fees will become unenforceable after this date.

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Easing of lockdown restrictions in Wales

Friday 29 May 2020

First Minister Mark Drakeford has today announced the latest parameters for movement in Wales. The announcement focused on allowing some social interaction but was clear that the priority is physically limiting spread.

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Property sector moves into Phase One in Scotland

Thursday 28 May 2020

The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, has said that the conditions are there to allow Scotland to move into Phase One of its four-phase route-map out of the Coronavirus crisis from 28 May 2020.

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New guidance on collecting belongings

Thursday 28 May 2020

The Welsh Government has issued new guidance for tenants who wish to return to rented accommodation to collect possessions during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Update to guidance for agents from Welsh Government

Thursday 28 May 2020

The Welsh Government has updated its guidance for landlords and agents with sections added on empty properties, cleaning, advice on keeping audit trails and possessions left by tenants.

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Post pandemic plan: Managing annual leave

Thursday 28 May 2020

With businesses in England looking to reopen, and those in other parts of the UK still under lockdown, agency managers may struggle to balance the annual leave needs of staff with keeping the business running both now and when offices are reopened.

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Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act in force

Thursday 28 May 2020

The Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2020 received Royal Assent on Tuesday 26 May 2020 and the law came into force on 27 May 2020. The legislation has been introduced to work alongside the provisions contained in the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act, which received Royal Assent on 6 April.

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Pearson VUE test centres now open for Propertymark Qualifications exams in England

Thursday 28 May 2020

Pearson VUE test centres have now opened with limited capacity allowing Propertymark Qualifications candidates to sit their exams. There are strict health and safety measures in place to ensure everyone's safety including reduced seat numbers so that social distancing can be followed.

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Employers must contribute to extended furlough scheme from August

Wednesday 27 May 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has laid out how he expects to move businesses off the Coronavirus job Retention Scheme, meaning that some agencies must begin to start part-paying salaries for furloughed staff.

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Protecting rough sleepers and renters: Interim Report

Wednesday 27 May 2020

The Housing Communities and Local Government Committee has published its Interim Inquiry Report into the impact of the Coronavirus crisis on rough sleepers and renters as vulnerable groups within the housing economy.

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£1 billion building safety fund announced by the Government

Wednesday 27 May 2020

The fund is aimed at putting the safety of residents first to remove and replace unsafe non-ACM cladding systems in residential buildings over 18 metres and provide sprinkler systems in all new blocks of high-rise residential buildings over 11 metres.

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Money Laundering registration now open for letting agencies

Tuesday 26 May 2020

Registration for UK letting agencies is now open with Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) who are the supervisory body for the property sector.

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SSP reimbursement now available

Tuesday 26 May 2020

The Government has announced that employers in England can claim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Reimbursement from today, Tuesday 26 May 2020 which form part of their financial support to businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Scottish Government releases phased route map

Friday 22 May 2020

A five-phase route map was released on 21 May, with a brief mention in Phase One about the safe reopening of the housing market.

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Scottish Government to introduce additional changes to the property sector

Thursday 21 May 2020

The Coronavirus (Scotland) No 2 Bill was passed on Wednesday 20 May and is likely to receive Royal Assent imminently. The Bill introduces new emergency measures and adds to the changes made by the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020.

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Agents to ensure ‘newly listed’ properties fall within guidance

Thursday 21 May 2020

As agents in England are now able to conduct viewings, descriptions such as ‘recently added’ or ‘new instruction’ prior to lockdown will no longer be valid for properties that have been re-listed, or because the market was suspended.

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Client accounting - risks and rewards of outsourcing

Thursday 21 May 2020

Propertymark Industry Supplier, The Lettings Partnership, outlines why and how you can ensure you choose the right company to outsource your work to.

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Post pandemic plan: What agents should consider if a second #StayAtHome occurs

Wednesday 20 May 2020

Given the uncertain times ahead, agents should consider revitalising their agency and continue adapting to reap the benefits if a second stay at home measure may be on the cards.

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Post pandemic plan: Transitioning staff back into the workplace safely

Tuesday 19 May 2020

As the Secretary of State announced the lifting of restrictions on the property industry last week, agencies have been considering options around returning their staff.

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Propertymark issues guidance designed to support agents in resuming safely

Tuesday 19 May 2020

Following the UK Government’s announcement that sales and lettings activity can resume within England, Propertymark has developed detailed guidance to support activities carried out across sales and lettings of residential property.

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Record keeping key to countering complaints during COVID-19

Monday 18 May 2020

Propertymark Industry Supplier, PayProp discusses a number of important private rented sector (PRS) developments that could still cause significant headaches for landlords and letting agents which may have been overlooked given the global coronavirus contagion dominating headlines.

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Post pandemic plan: Agents must be clear communicators to confront virus fears

Friday 15 May 2020

With the property market now open for business in England, agents may find themselves dealing with not only tenants eager to get out there and find a property but current tenants who are wary of inviting people into their home.

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Guidance for Welsh agents as lifting of restrictions diverges

Wednesday 13 May 2020

Since the UK Government made an announcement on the partial lifting of stay-at-home measures, Propertymark has received guidance from the Welsh Government about what is and isn’t permitted for agents in Wales who have been seeking clarification of what is required of them.

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UK Government re open, re-start and renew the housing market in England

Wednesday 13 May 2020

The Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, made a statement to the House of Commons earlier today where he set the context by emphasising the importance of homes, particularly where personal circumstances change, saying that over 450,000 sales have been stuck in the system unable to progress during the #Stayathome period.

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New Government advice on home moving measures

Wednesday 13 May 2020

Following the Government’s announcement last night that sales and lettings activity can resume within England, guidance for professionals and consumers has now been published with a clear message it is not a return to normality.

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Property sector resumes, guidance needed

Wednesday 13 May 2020

As part of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2020, the Government at Westminster last night removed restrictions on residential sales and lettings in England.

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Scotland proposes notice to leave period for students

Tuesday 12 May 2020

Additional emergency measures in Scotland have been introduced to Parliament to form the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Bill to protect people facing financial hardship including the introduction of notice to leave periods for students in purpose-built student accommodation and halls of residence.

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Furlough scheme update from the Chancellor

Tuesday 12 May 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak today announced that the Government support for furloughed employees is extended for four months until the end of October 2020.

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Post pandemic plan: The current power of social media

Tuesday 12 May 2020

Social media has always been a vital component for an agency, but given the current times we are faced with, agents should be using these tools to their advantage and looking at their channels as an opportunity to online network.

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