Further calls to Government to extend Stamp Duty cut

Friday 15 January 2021

A group of 50 Conservative MPs are calling on the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak to extend the stamp duty cut for properties worth less than £500,000 a further 12 months in a major boost alongside The Telegraph’s ‘Stamp Out the Duty’ campaign.

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New building safety regulators proposed for Wales

Friday 15 January 2021

The Welsh Government’s Building Safety White Paper covers all multi-occupied residential buildings, from houses converted into flats through to high rise apartment blocks. It sets out major reforms to how properties are designed, built, managed, and lived in whilst proposing clear lines of accountability and a stronger regulatory system.

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Tightened restrictions for working from home and in people’s homes

Wednesday 13 January 2021

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has announced today, 13 January, six new changes to COVID-19 restrictions in Scotland to come into force on Saturday, 16 January, subject to Parliament approval. Among these changes are statutory guidance on working from home and a limitation on working within other people's homes by law.

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Property industry urges the use of the UPRN across the sector

Wednesday 13 January 2021

Propertymark, along with other leading residential property bodies across the UK, have published an open letter to Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and Thalia Baldwin, Director of the Geospatial Commission highlighting the potential benefits from implementing a widely adopted Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN).

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New rules for off-payroll workers

Tuesday 12 January 2021

Changes to off-payroll working rules (IR35) are coming into effect in April 2021. Agents must understand and prepare for the changes and new rules, be mindful of potential additional costs when entering new arrangements with suppliers, and carefully consider renewals of existing contracts with workers for future engagements.

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Leasehold reform to save households up to tens of thousands of pounds

Thursday 07 January 2021

Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick has announced that millions of leaseholders will be given the right to extend their lease by a maximum term of 990 years at zero ground rent as part of the biggest reforms to English property law for forty years, fundamentally making home ownership fairer and more secure.

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Land Registry grants more time for responses to requisitions

Thursday 07 January 2021

The Land Registry is extending the period of time to respond to requests for information for most applications, which will come into effect from 11 January, where property professionals will have 40 days to reply to a request.

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Housing market to remain open in Northern Ireland amidst tighter restrictions

Tuesday 05 January 2021

Following the national lockdown announcements for both England and Scotland, the Northern Ireland Executive has confirmed that although new measures are forthcoming, the current position on the housing market will remain the same.

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£4.6 billion funding to protect businesses during third lockdown

Tuesday 05 January 2021

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced a one-off top-up grant of up to £9,000 per business for those that have been made to close during the latest lockdown.

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Property market to continue during lockdown in Scotland

Tuesday 05 January 2021

Following the statement made on 4 January by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 10) Regulations 2021, will come into force on 5 January, allowing persons to only leave home for a reasonable excuse.

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The housing market can continue during lockdown in England

Tuesday 05 January 2021

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, today, 4 January, announced England will move to a new national lockdown that requires, under UK Coronvirus Alert Level 5, people must stay at home, except for limited exceptions.

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Changes to Land Transaction Tax (LTT) rates and bands

Monday 21 December 2020

In the draft budget, today, 21 December 2020, the Welsh Government has announced changes to the higher residential rates, non-residential rates and bands, plus the temporary increase to the nil rate band will end on 31 March 2021.

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Housing market to remain open in tier 4

Monday 21 December 2020

Estate and lettings agents and removal firms can continue to work during the tier 4 restrictions in England.

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High street agencies in Wales to shut office doors to public

Monday 21 December 2020

Today, 21 December, the Welsh Government has updated its advice on home moves in light of First Minister, Mark Drakeford’s announcement on Wales moving into tier 4.

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The future of heat for owner occupied and privately rented homes

Friday 18 December 2020

The UK Government announced on 14 December their ambitious plan to clean up the UK's energy system which will unleash a green economic recovery and support up to 220,000 jobs over the next decade across the whole of the UK.

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Furlough and business loans schemes extended

Thursday 17 December 2020

Today, 17 December, the Chancellor announced that the furlough will be extended until the end of April 2021. For the moment, the furlough scheme will remain at the full rate, with the Government continuing to contribute 80 per cent towards wages, however, Rishi Sunak suggested he would review employer contributions in January.

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New homes plan announced

Wednesday 16 December 2020

Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick has today, 16 December, announced the UK Government’s plans to introduce new measures to ‘level up England’s cities, recover from the pandemic and help provide much-needed new homes.’

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Overarching statutory regulation vital for the sector

Wednesday 16 December 2020

Propertymark highlights the importance of regulation within the property sector and divergence in rules across the UK in response to the Department for Business, Energy, & Industrial Strategies consultation which called for evidence on the UK’s approach to the recognition of professional qualifications and the regulation of professions.

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Propertymark Qualifications celebrate successful year with four top students

Tuesday 15 December 2020

On Tuesday 15 December, Propertymark Qualifications hosted an online event to celebrate the fantastic achievement of four students, who, over the course of 2019/2020, achieved Distinction in their Level 4 Certificate in Residential Letting and Property Management, one of the highest-level qualifications awarded by Propertymark Qualifications.

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Consultation on Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Friday 27 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 highlights requirements for owner-occupiers as well as the private rented sector.

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PM announces COVID-19 Winter Plan

Monday 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.

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The future of referral fees - your questions answered

Thursday 19 November 2020

James Munro, Head of the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team (NTSELAT), shed some light on their recent report to Government on referral fees and what the future holds in a Propertymark webinar, highlighting all agents should be following the guidance.

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Consultation announced for improving energy performance for all homes

Wednesday 18 November 2020

Today the UK Government has announced its intention to start a consultation on how regulation can help improve the energy performance of homes in England and Wales.

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Travel between Welsh border is allowed for house moves after firebreak period ends

Friday 06 November 2020

The Welsh Government has today released updated guidance for house moves during Coronavirus, confirming that from the 9 November (the end of the firebreak period), the restrictions on viewing properties will be lifted and agents will be able to make arrangements with prospective buyers and tenants to move home.

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Furlough scheme extended until 31 March 2021

Thursday 05 November 2020

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has announced today, 5 November, that the Job Retention Scheme will be extended, acknowledging the need for further financial support to protect jobs following the national lockdown in England, the firebreak in Wales and the local restrictions in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

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Plans for Jobs: increased financial support

Thursday 22 October 2020

The UK Government announced today, 22 October, further funding added to the new Job Support Scheme for businesses facing more hardship through the tiered systems introduced last week.

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UK housing market remains undeterred

Wednesday 21 October 2020

Despite COVID-19 limitations, agents have been largely permitted to open in areas where local lockdown restrictions have been enforced, and house moves have still progressed. It seems yet again, the pandemic hasn’t been a deterrent for buyers and renters determined to make a change.

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Welsh Government announce a two-week fire-break – what does it mean for agencies?

Monday 19 October 2020

Today, 19 October, First Minister Mark Drakeford announced that the Welsh Government will impose a two-week fire-break period which requires Welsh residents to stay at home from 6pm on Friday 23 October until Monday 9 November. Today's rules also apply to those traveling into Wales from other parts of the UK: you are permitted to travel into Wales to work as long as you comply with the rules.

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Continued efforts to combat homelessness

Friday 09 October 2020

The 10 October marks #WorldHomelessDay, and not only does it provide a platform for Propertymark to raise awareness of opportunities to combat homelessness, but it also highlights our continued support and how others can do the same.

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Route wide changes made to Western Leg of HS2, Phase 2B

Friday 09 October 2020

The UK Government announced, on 7 October, further updates to the Safeguarding Directions (safeguarded zone) and zoned property schemes that replace all previous versions.

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