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TDS – How to reduce pet-related tenancy deposit disputes

27 November 2020

Sandy Bastin, Head of Adjudication Services at Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS), discusses the debate on whether owners and agents should allow tenants to keep pets in private rented properties given the spike in pet ownership since the Coronavirus pandemic began. Read More...

Consultation on Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

26 November 2020

The Government has opened a consultation on mandatory installation of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in England. While the consultation, which closes on 11 January 2021, primarily focuses on social housing it also covers aspects of the private rented sector and is an opportunity to make the case for reform of existing regulations, where they could be improved. Read More...

More work needed on Building Safety Bill in order to protect leaseholders

25 November 2020

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee released their report on the draft Building Safety Bill this week outlining their concerns that the draft does not do enough to protect leaseholders. Read More...

COVID restrictions extended for one week in Northern Ireland while housing market remains open

Friday 13 November 2020

On 12 November 2020, the Northern Ireland Executive voted to extend the ‘circuit-breaker’ for one more week, ensuring that tighter restrictions will be in place across the country until 20 November 2020.

The partial re-opening on 20 November will see bars and cafes opening along with some close contact services, like hairdressing and driving lessons, all while following health and safety restrictions.

Current restrictions

NI circuit-break restrictions

Housing market to stay open

During the circuit-breaker the housing market in Northern Ireland remained open and there is no change to that during the extension. As always it is important that all safety guidelines are followed strictly to stay safe and for the market to remain open.

Propertymark guidance

NI guidance