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Plans for Jobs: increased financial support

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. Read More...

UK housing market remains undeterred

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. Read More...

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

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. Read More...

Continued efforts to combat homelessness

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. Read More...

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.

Over the last two weeks, Propertymark has also been seeking clarification on whether the Government's requirements for customers to wear face coverings when entering shops in England extends to estate and letting agents branches.

While agents offer professional services akin to solicitors and accountants, many offices are based in high street locations and are currently benefiting from a business rate discount designed for retail businesses. 

Propertymark worked towards clarity with the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government and agents should be welcoming visitors on an appointment basis and when all other methods of communication have been exhausted. Any visitor to the office should then be asked in advance to wear a face covering. 

Face covering Regulations

Safe viewings 

Propertymark has run a campaign to promote the importance of both clients and agents wearing personal protective equipment on every visit to residential property and we will continue to share those messages.

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Update best practice guidance will be issued by Propertymark soon and circulated it to members. Other COVID-19 property industry resources are available on the website. 

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