Striving in a contracting economy

Thursday 30 April 2020

The Coronavirus crisis has started an economic contraction, but agents can use the furnace of adversity to improve and define their businesses to provide solutions for vendors when the crisis is over.

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What can conveyancers do now?

Wednesday 29 April 2020

In these uncertain times, conveyancers must be absorbing guidance given by the Government and The Law Society and become a fountain of knowledge as their clients approach them for guidance and a resolution. Propertymark looks at what you should be doing to keep on top of ongoing change.

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Post-pandemic planning: Do you know what it costs to market a property?

Monday 27 April 2020

During the lockdown period, many agents with furloughed staff have experienced the roles and responsibilities carried out by staff right across the company. This has provided an opportunity to reassess the business and appraise a wide number of processes.

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Post-pandemic planning: socially distanced viewings

Friday 24 April 2020

Even when the lockdown is lifted, it is unlikely that life will immediately return to the way it was previously. Agents will be wondering what they can do to provide viewings to service vendors and kick start their business.

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Post pandemic marketing planning to stand your business in good stead

Friday 24 April 2020

In light of the pandemic, speaking with your clients, marketing your business in the correct light and having the right approach when having conversations has never been so important. Keep your business at the forefront of the ongoing change with some expert advice.

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How COVID-19 is affecting agents around the globe

Wednesday 22 April 2020

There is one crisis that is affecting all agents but are all countries feeling the same strain and adhering to the identical parameters when it comes to renting and selling property?

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Coronavirus business financial support tool launched

Wednesday 22 April 2020

The Government has released a new ‘support finder’ tool which aims to help businesses and self-employed people across the UK to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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TPO say agents should not ignore issues during Coronavirus

Tuesday 21 April 2020

The Property Ombudsman (TPO) has issued guidelines on how businesses should handle issues that arise during the restrictions around Coronavirus and reminds agents that redress scheme membership must continue.

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Small Business Rates Relief Northern Ireland

Tuesday 21 April 2020

Propertymark has received information from the Land and Property Services about the measures available to support businesses and confirmation that the three months rates holiday applies to all businesses in Northern Ireland to support them at this unprecedented time.

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme portal open

Monday 20 April 2020

Following the Government’s announcement on Friday 17 April, confirming the extension of the furloughed scheme until the end of June, HMRC has opened its online portal and it is now accessible for claims to be submitted.

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Furlough scheme extended

Friday 17 April 2020

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak has announced that the UK Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which pays cash grants to furloughed employees affected by the virus has been extended for an extra month to reflect continuing social distancing measures.

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Grants and funding available during the pandemic

Friday 17 April 2020

The UK Government has introduced financial support for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic and in recent Propertymark webinars, experts from various fields provided in depth information on what grants and funding are available and how to access them.

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Vital building safety work to continue during pandemic

Friday 17 April 2020

Local leaders have announced that essential work to replace unsafe cladding on high-rise buildings will continue during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Talking to your clients has never been so important

Thursday 16 April 2020

Communication with your clients is key during these uncertain times, whether that be delivering flowers, boosting the morale in your community or even just keeping in touch and asking them on a personal level how things are for them.

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Agents encouraged to be a phoenix not an ostrich

Tuesday 14 April 2020

Staying motivated during this challenging time can be difficult and it is important to stay positive and optimistic as where there is change there will be opportunity.

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Keeping your business running during the Coronavirus pandemic

Thursday 09 April 2020

Agents may be wondering how best to keep the cash flowing, cut costs and get their business ready for a return to the new normal. There are a number of steps managers and business owners can take to keep their business in good shape during this time of economic and general uncertainty.

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Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 stakeholder guidance

Wednesday 08 April 2020

The emergency legislation introduced by the Scottish Government and passed by the Scottish Parliament received Royal Assent on 6 April 2020. To coincide with it’s passing into law the Scottish Government has released a guidance document that outlines key measures contained within the Act.

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Propertymark campaign leads to commission included in furloughed pay

Monday 06 April 2020

Government has amended the eligibility criteria following Propertymark's campaign for agents' commission payments to be included in claims for Furloughed Pay.

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Landlord Income Tax Relief fully phased in

Monday 06 April 2020

At the Summer Budget 2015, the then Chancellor George Osborne announced that the amount of Income Tax relief landlords can get on residential property finance costs will be restricted and gradually reduced from April 2017 until April 2020.

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UK Gov guidance – EPCs and COVID-19

Monday 06 April 2020

On 2 April 2020, the UK Government released information confirming that the legal requirement to obtain an EPC before selling or letting a property remains in place, but EPC assessments should only be conducted where they can be done safely and in line with guidance relating to Coronavirus.

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Staff on commission must be considered in Job Retention Scheme

Friday 03 April 2020

In a letter to Alok Sharma, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Propertymark has urged him to promptly allow agents to include employee’s full salaries under the variable pay element of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

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Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill – land registration and the Registers of Scotland

Thursday 02 April 2020

The Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill was passed on 1 April 2020 to respond to the emergency caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. The legislation impacts land registration and the Registers of Scotland.

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Scottish Government issues buying and selling guidance during lockdown

Wednesday 01 April 2020

The guidance stresses transactions may continue and it echoes guidance from the UK Government that all parties should seek to delay a house move wherever possible whilst the stay-at-home measures are in place.

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