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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...

Pressure continues on UK Government for further financial support on rent arrears

25 November 2020

ARLA Propertymark, along with a coalition of six other leading professional bodies, charities and building societies, are urging the UK Government to provide financial help to private renters who have been thrust into rent arears during the economic impact of Coronavirus. Read More...

PM announces COVID-19 Winter Plan

23 November 2020

Boris Johnson, today, 23 November, announced in Parliament, a COVID-19 Winter Plan which provides a roadmap out of national lockdown in England from 2 December. Read More...

Impact on the housing sector

Monday 02 November 2020

Following Saturday evening's announcement about further Covid-19 restrictions coming into force across England from Thursday 5 November, we have been working to understand exactly what this means for our members.

Secretary of State for Housing, Robert Jenrick confirmed on Twitter that house moves can go ahead and the housing market will remain open throughout this period. The restrictions are subject to a vote in parliament on Thursday which is expected to pass, in part through the support of Labour MPs.

The Job Retention Scheme which allows employers to pay staff who cannot work, 80% of their salaries including commission returns for the period through to 2 December.

This news comes as many members are already grappling with delays caused by increased demand for conveyancing during the Stamp Duty holiday. Propertymark has been seeking firm clarification for circumstances where staff need to work in branch and deal with external parties over keys etc along with conducting valuations, viewings, maintenance, inspections and surveys.

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We welcome the news that the housing market is to remain open throughout this second lockdown period, and it is essential that all agents continue to play their part in reducing the spread of the virus through following all relevant guidance. Agents must operate in accordance with Government and Propertymark guidelines, to keep the market moving through these uncertain times.

Mark Hayward

Mark Hayward
NAEA Propertymark Chief Executive