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Further calls to Government to extend Stamp Duty cut

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. Read More...

New building safety regulators proposed for Wales

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. Read More...

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

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. Read More...

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.

Northern Ireland is currently in the second week of a six-week lockdown, however, First Minister Arlene Foster admitted there were ‘very difficult decisions’ to take as ministers came together in an emergency meeting during the evening of Monday 4 January. Ministers have met again this morning and it is expected that tougher restrictions to combat the rising cases of Coronavirus in Northern Ireland will be announced soon.

No new restrictions for housing market

Despite this, the Department for Communities in Northern Ireland has confirmed that house moves and the associated activities for moving home, including viewing properties, maintenance, and removals, remain the same as the six-week lockdown guidance released on 26 December.

The guidance states that agents are permitted to remain open to facilitate the buying and selling of property, including associated activities such as the viewing of properties. However, individuals are not permitted to enter the high street offices of agents during the lockdown.

As always, it is important that all safety guidance is followed strictly.

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New measures to be announced at Northern Ireland Assembly

Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill has confirmed that the Northern Irish Executive will formalise the new measures before bringing them to the Northern Ireland Assembly on Wednesday 5 January.

In the meantime, Propertymark continues to reach out to all devolved Governments in order to gain as much clarity as possible for our members to operate safely during the Coronavirus outbreak. Should there be any further developments we will strive to update our members as soon as we can.