Why agents are using virtual tours in the UK’s current climate

Monday 28 September 2020

Made Snappy, a Propertymark Industry Supplier, discuss the benefits of agents using virtual tours and how agents can be more efficient whilst saving money and winning instructions in a challenging climate.

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New Job Support Scheme announced by the Chancellor

Thursday 24 September 2020

In a speech in the House of Commons today, 24 September, Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, outlined the UK Government’s next stage of the economic plan to protect jobs over the winter period with the announcement of a new Job Support Scheme.

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New Chief Executive Officer of Propertymark appointed

Thursday 24 September 2020

Tim Balcon joins Propertymark today, 24 September, as Chief Executive Officer, which is a newly created role, bringing over 20 years’ experience in membership and sector organisations.

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More must be done to get empty homes back into use

Monday 14 September 2020

In a letter to Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP, Minister of State for Housing, Propertymark campaigns for action on empty homes, asking what measures the UK Government is taking to improve the situation and get more empty homes back into use.

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Avoiding the Stamp Duty rush – get properties on the market by 26 September

Friday 11 September 2020

Propertymark has launched a consumer campaign telling sellers in England that the optimum date to be on the market by is 26 September. This will reduce the chance of missing out on the Stamp Duty holiday deadline of 31 March 2021.

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Propertymark calls for RoPA Code of Practice to be strengthened

Wednesday 09 September 2020

Propertymark has responded to the Overarching Code of Practice for Residential Property Agents consultation, welcoming the proposals, and calling for the Code to be strengthened in four key areas to further support the industry.

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New NAEA Propertymark President says prepare for RoPA

Wednesday 02 September 2020

Kirsty Finney, co-founder, and Director at Rodgers & Finney in Northern Ireland takes over as the new NAEA Propertymark President from 2 September, succeeding Lauren Scott who had a successful extended term despite these unprecedented times.

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First ever Junior Estate Agent Apprenticeship end-point-assessment delivered

Wednesday 19 August 2020

A major milestone for apprentices in the property industry was marked on 20 July when Propertymark Qualifications remotely delivered its first ever end-point-assessment for a Junior Estate Agent Apprenticeship and Charlie Maidment of Fox & Sons, Southampton, became the first ever qualified Junior Estate Agent.

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Government urged to speed up cladding remediation process

Monday 10 August 2020

The second report from the Industry Safety Steering Group on the progress of culture change in the construction sector was issued on 5 August, which highlighted the need for further change for the industry now, ahead of the legislation.

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Consultation to reform planning system launched

Thursday 06 August 2020

Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick announced today, 6 August, the Government is ‘Planning for the Future’ and aims to overhaul outdated systems and reform the way the country builds.

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Staying safe whilst lifting lockdown

Tuesday 04 August 2020

COVID-19 is a powerful disruptor, responsible for the delay of almost 450,000 property transactions. It goes without saying that everyone has to take action in order to minimise the ongoing impact.

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Agents need masks when dealing with visitors to branches

Thursday 23 July 2020

As the public will have to wear masks when entering a shop from 24 July, Propertymark can confirm, that in line with our best practice guidance, it won't be necessary for estate and letting agents' staff to wear a face covering whilst in the office with the same group of people and social distancing except when dealing with visitors.

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Law Commission sees commonhold as the key to leasehold reform

Tuesday 21 July 2020

The Law Commission in England and Wales has published its recommendations on solving issues surrounding the sale and continued financing of leasehold properties.

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Government asks the industry to comment on draft code of practice

Monday 20 July 2020

A consultation on an overarching Code of Practice has been launched today, 20 July, which will be key to the work of the new industry regulator, when they are eventually appointed.

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Landmark Government Bill on building safety published

Monday 20 July 2020

The UK Government has today, 20 July, published its draft Building Safety Bill which aims to make residents safer in their homes and deliver the biggest changes to building safety for nearly 40 years.

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Remedial work on cladding progressing too slowly

Wednesday 15 July 2020

Concerns have been raised over the progress and funding of the remediation efforts after the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) established the Building Safety Programme to tackle dangerous cladding in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

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Reviewal date set for housing market in Wales to fully open

Friday 10 July 2020

First Minister, Mark Drakeford has today, 10 July 2020 announced in his statement reviewing the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations that the Welsh Government will consider reopening the housing market, to allow viewings in occupied properties, from 27 July 2020.

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Apprenticeships soften pandemic blow to employment for young people

Wednesday 08 July 2020

As part of today’s announcement by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, apprenticeships are to receive a huge boost from the UK Government's measures to grow jobs and strengthen the economy.

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Government introduces Job Retention Scheme

Wednesday 08 July 2020

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, launched today, 8 July, a new scheme to encourage business to keep furloughed workers providing a £1,000 one-off payment to UK employers for every employee they bring back from furlough, who remains in employment until the end of January 2021.

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More support for Universal Credit announced in Summer Statement

Wednesday 08 July 2020

In his Summer Statement today, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak said that millions of people are moving onto Universal Credit because of the Coronavirus pandemic and the UK Government will double the number of Work Coaches in Job Centres.

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Additional dwellings higher stamp duty still applies

Wednesday 08 July 2020

On the back of The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak’s, announcement today, 8 July, on the temporary overhaul of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT), landlords wishing to buy an additional home to rent will still have to pay the additional higher rate.

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Regulations on local lockdown published

Friday 03 July 2020

The UK Government has published Regulations for Leicester which clarify that agents do not need to cease viewings or close branches in areas of local lockdown.

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Prime Minister promises “Project Speed” will increase home building

Wednesday 01 July 2020

Boris Johnson announced today, 30 June, an ambitious £5bn plan to boost the UK economy with a focus on infrastructure development. The funding will be used for building homes, public services, and transport links, and adds substance to his “build, build, build” pledge to change planning laws to prevent delays in large-scale building projects and deliver greener and faster homes.

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Welsh Government issue guidance for housing sector

Thursday 25 June 2020

Following the announcement on Friday 19 June of a partial reopening of the housing market in Wales from Monday 22 June, the Welsh Government has just released guidance for agents and landlords.

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Welsh Gov FAQs addresses five-mile travel rules

Monday 22 June 2020

Following the announcement on Friday of a partial reopening of the housing market in Wales from today (Monday 22 June), the Welsh Government have released further information via FAQs which provides detail about the lifting of the five-mile travel restrictions for the property sector.

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Partial reopening of housing market in Wales from 22 June

Friday 19 June 2020

The First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford has announced that there will be a partial reopening of the housing market in Wales from Monday 22 June 2020.

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House moves from 29 June in Scotland

Thursday 18 June 2020

The Scottish Government has announced that Scotland will move to the second stage of the coronavirus lockdown exit plan and this means a relaxation on restrictions on house moves from Monday 29 June 2020.

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Court of Appeal rules Ivory Act 2018 is lawful

Wednesday 10 June 2020

The Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of the High Court that the Ivory Act 2018 which prohibits ivory dealing with very limited exceptions is lawful and does not contain unlawful trading restrictions.

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Rebecca Marsh announced as new Property Ombudsman

Friday 05 June 2020

From October 2020, Rebecca Marsh will take up the role of The Property Ombudsman, taking over from Katrine Sporle CBE, whose five-year contract comes to an end on 31 October.

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Discretion in Scottish COVID-19 grant scheme means eligible agencies should get help

Thursday 04 June 2020

The Scottish Government has responded to concerns raised by Propertymark on behalf of its members, following reports that some Scottish agents had been denied access to business support schemes when local authorities declared the grant is not available to their sector.

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