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Propertymark Industry Supplier, Gallagher offers practical steps that can help agents and their clients reduce the risk of damage to property as areas of the nation are set to see further warnings of more inclement weather to come. Damage caused by the escape of water from frozen pipes and other equipment can be extremely costly in repairs and disruption. Read More...

Concerns raised over new energy efficiency proposals

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Propertymark has responded to the UK Government’s consultation on Improving the Energy Performance of Privately Rented Homes in England and Wales by highlighting a number of concerns. These relate to affordability and the need to look beyond a one-size fits all policy and develop proposals that work with the different age, condition, and size of properties in the private rented sector. Read More...

Change smoke and carbon rules for earlier checks

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Propertymark has responded to the UK Government’s consultation on extending the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Regulations in England, arguing that the rules should be amended so that landlords and agents must make sure the alarms are tested prior to the start of the tenancy and not on the first day of each new tenancy. Read More...

Scottish moving homes guidance updated

Thursday 24 September 2020

Further to the announcement on 22 September by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, where stronger measures to tackle the rise in COVID-19 infection rates were implemented, the Scottish Government has now updated its guidance on moving home.

As established by Propertymark earlier this week, it is confirmed that professionals and tradespersons who are required to enter people’s homes to facilitate a home move, can continue to do so.

However, it is imperative that everyone adheres to the safety measures in the moving home guidance and the Propertymark best practice and guidance on house viewings, moves, and maintenance. The emphasis remains firstly on virtual viewings, and secondly on limiting the number of people able to access a property.

Overview of the Guidance

From 29 June 2020, all home moves were permitted, provided they can be carried out safely, this will continue to be the case and the updated guidance provides advice on how to safely do this. 

Home moves include students moving home and other home moves resulting in two or more households merging on a permanent or semi-permanent basis. Once new households have been formed, it is imperative to comply with guidance on meeting others when interacting with other households. 

People cannot be a member of more than one household and repeatedly move between homes, causing households to mix beyond extended households, this is not permitted, without reasonable excuse.

Local restrictions

The local restrictions have also been updated to clarify there is no national advice to postpone or delay home moves. If anyone in a chain is affected by additional COVID-19 restrictions imposed in a local area, they must comply with these restrictions. Plans for a local area may be affected depending on the specific restrictions and guidance applied. For example, local restrictions may make it advisable to postpone viewings of properties or delay a home move, where possible.. 

Moving home – advice to the public

Whilst it is discouraged, others from a different household will be allowed to assist with a home move. Socialising, however, is not permitted and asking friends and relatives to help with a house move should be avoided where at all possible. 

Updated Government Guidance    Propertymark best practice guidance