Skills for jobs

Friday 14 May 2021

The UK Government set out in the Queen’s speech on 11 May, its legislative plans for adult education and training for the next parliamentary session with a proposed Skills and Post-16 Education Bill.

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Commonhold Council launched

Friday 14 May 2021

An advisory panel of leasehold and industry groups has been launched to inform the UK Government on the future of commonhold homeownership.

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Leasehold Reform Bill published

Thursday 13 May 2021

The Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill has been published today, 13 May, and when implemented aims to help tackle inconsistency and ambiguity of ground rents for future leaseholders.

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Changes to notice periods for evictions

Wednesday 12 May 2021

The UK Government has announced that from 1 June 2021 notice periods in England that are currently six months, will now be reduced to four months.

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Virtual Right to Rent checks extended

Wednesday 12 May 2021

The Home Office has today, 12 May, extended the period in which letting agents in England can carry out Right to Rent checks by video call by a further month to 20 June 2021.

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The Queens Speech 2021: four key issues for property agents

Tuesday 11 May 2021

The UK Government announced their plans for the next parliamentary session in the Queen’s Speech today, 11 May, which includes several significant changes to planning rules, a new Building Safety Regulator, ground rents, and the next steps for Renters Reform.

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Supporting Mental Health Awareness Week

Monday 10 May 2021

The UK is amid a property boom, which is great news for our sector and the many professions that benefit from this increased activity. However, with the boom comes increased demand on agents’ workload, time, and targets, which can take its toll on mental health.

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Major reform for the PRS in Northern Ireland ahead

Thursday 06 May 2021

Following the recent publication by the Department for Communities to the response of the consultation on proposals to reform the private rented sector (PRS), Communities Minister, Deirdre Hargey, has outlined her plans to ensure people and families living in the private rented sector have a safe and secure home.

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Executive Chair’s new role for the Conveyancing Association

Thursday 06 May 2021

Nicky Heathcote, Propertymark’s Interim Executive Chair, will also lend her skills to The Conveyancing Association, stepping into the role of Non-Executive Chair with immediate effect.

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Housing a priority for Scottish political parties

Tuesday 04 May 2021

Ahead of the elections on Thursday 6 May, the main political parties in Scotland have published policies for the housing sector. Propertymark outlines the key areas, and our own manifesto sets out, in detail, the areas Ministers should focus on.

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Propertymark reiterates calls for Flood Re to be extended

Tuesday 04 May 2021

Propertymark has responded to the UK Government’s latest consultation on Amendments to Flood Re, reiterating long-standing views that the UK Government must ensure that the scheme is extended, and insurance is provided at reasonable rates to private landlords, leaseholders, and small businesses.

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Increased appetite to get qualified

Tuesday 04 May 2021

Since the re-opening of Pearson Vue test centres in April, Propertymark Qualifications has seen more than 750 exams taken and in May, 850 exams have been booked so far.

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Tenant discriminated against for receiving benefits

Tuesday 04 May 2021

A letting agent and landlord have been ordered to pay damages of £4,500 and legal fees for unlawfully refusing to show a potential tenant a rental property based on the fact she receives benefits.

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Breathing Space Scheme introduced

Tuesday 04 May 2021

From today, Tuesday 4 May, The Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space Moratorium and Mental Health Crisis Moratorium) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 come into force, which provides a temporary period of relief from creditors for individuals in England and Wales to help those with problem debt.

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Six-point plan for London

Tuesday 04 May 2021

Ahead of the London Mayoral Elections on 6 May 2021, Propertymark outlines its six priorities the incoming mayor must focus on for London.

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