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Skills for jobs

Friday 14 May 2021

The UK Government set out in the Queen’s speech on 11 May, its legislative plans for adult education and training for the next parliamentary session with a proposed Skills and Post-16 Education Bill.

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Over 300,000 homes sold with Help to Buy

Friday 14 May 2021

Sam Legg, 19, a farmer from Leicestershire, has become the 300,000th homeowner to use the Help to Buy: Equity Loan Scheme since its launch in 2013 and urges others to join the scheme.

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Commonhold Council launched

Friday 14 May 2021

An advisory panel of leasehold and industry groups has been launched to inform the UK Government on the future of commonhold homeownership.

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Leasehold Reform Bill published

Thursday 13 May 2021

The Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill has been published today, 13 May, and when implemented aims to help tackle inconsistency and ambiguity of ground rents for future leaseholders.

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The Queens Speech 2021: four key issues for property agents

Tuesday 11 May 2021

The UK Government announced their plans for the next parliamentary session in the Queen’s Speech today, 11 May, which includes several significant changes to planning rules, a new Building Safety Regulator, ground rents, and the next steps for Renters Reform.

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Supporting Mental Health Awareness Week

Monday 10 May 2021

The UK is amid a property boom, which is great news for our sector and the many professions that benefit from this increased activity. However, with the boom comes increased demand on agents’ workload, time, and targets, which can take its toll on mental health.

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Executive Chair’s new role for the Conveyancing Association

Thursday 06 May 2021

Nicky Heathcote, Propertymark’s Interim Executive Chair, will also lend her skills to The Conveyancing Association, stepping into the role of Non-Executive Chair with immediate effect.

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Housing a priority for Scottish political parties

Tuesday 04 May 2021

Ahead of the elections on Thursday 6 May, the main political parties in Scotland have published policies for the housing sector. Propertymark outlines the key areas, and our own manifesto sets out, in detail, the areas Ministers should focus on.

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Propertymark reiterates calls for Flood Re to be extended

Tuesday 04 May 2021

Propertymark has responded to the UK Government’s latest consultation on Amendments to Flood Re, reiterating long-standing views that the UK Government must ensure that the scheme is extended, and insurance is provided at reasonable rates to private landlords, leaseholders, and small businesses.

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Increased appetite to get qualified

Tuesday 04 May 2021

Since the re-opening of Pearson Vue test centres in April, Propertymark Qualifications has seen more than 750 exams taken and in May, 850 exams have been booked so far.

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How to get client's mortgage ready

Friday 30 April 2021

With ever-changing mortgage requirements across lenders, Propertymark Industry Supplier Home of Mortgages outlines how helping clients get an edge over other would-be buyers is key to a successful sale.

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Fire Safety Bill finally due to become law

Thursday 29 April 2021

The Fire Safety Bill clarifies where responsibility for fire safety lies in multi-occupied buildings in England and Wales and is set to receive Royal Assent today, 29 April.

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External walls code of practice consultation launched

Wednesday 28 April 2021

The UK Government has announced a consultation on a new code of practice to assess external walls and cladding systems so building owners receive consistent advice on whether a building needs remedial work.

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Property market continues to thrive

Monday 26 April 2021

Propertymark's latest Housing Market Report shows that one in six properties (16 per cent) sold for more than the original asking price, which is the highest recorded since May 2014 when it was 19 per cent. The March figure is also an increase from February, where 11 per cent sold for more.

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UK Government data shows Green Homes Grant Scheme inefficiencies

Friday 23 April 2021

Data released by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy on 22 April showed that, despite receiving over 100,000 applications, only a small amount of pay-outs were actually made during its lifetime.

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PropTech partnership to speed up property transactions

Friday 23 April 2021

Propertymark has teamed up with Hipla, an official licensee of the Law Society, to combine Propertymark’s Property Information Questionnaire (PIQ) with the Law Society’s TA6, TA7, and TA10 forms within a mobile-friendly digital platform to get vendors transaction-ready at the point their property goes to market.

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Land Registry requires written evidence before extension granted

Thursday 22 April 2021

From 17 May 2021, conveyancers and solicitors will need to provide written evidence to show they have taken steps to resolve a request for information before the Land Registry will grant an extension.

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Agents’ views sought on property listings

Tuesday 20 April 2021

The National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team (NTSELAT) has today, 20 April, launched a consultation to gather information to develop guidance as to what should be considered material information on property listings and portals.

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Record breaking activity in regional markets across the UK

Monday 19 April 2021

Market activity continues to grow and the appetite from prospective buyers is such that many properties are not being listed on the property portals, as agents focus on fulfilling Consumer Protection Regulations, completing Property Information Questionnaires, and marketing properties to those proceedable buyers, already registered with the agency.

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Record breaking activity in regional markets across the UK

Monday 19 April 2021

Market activity continues to grow and the appetite from prospective buyers is such that many properties are not being listed on the property portals, as agents focus on fulfilling Consumer Protection Regulations, completing Property Information Questionnaires, and marketing properties to those proceedable buyers, already registered with the agency.

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New 95 per cent mortgage scheme launched

Monday 19 April 2021

The UK Government has today, 19 April, opened a Mortgage Guarantee Scheme to help first-time buyers and current owners with 5 per cent deposits buy a house up to £600,000.

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Proportionate approach needed to building safety in Wales

Thursday 15 April 2021

Propertymark has responded to the Welsh Government’s consultation on improving building safety in Wales by supporting the proposed measures but urging the Welsh Government to also consider the height of buildings, occupation and material used to build property to determine fire risk rather than simply the number of dwellings.

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Safety remains a priority as restrictions ease

Tuesday 13 April 2021

Yesterday, 12 April 2021, the UK Government amended advice on house moves following the easing of restrictions in England. Following measures to re-open retail in England, there is now more flexibility for branch managers to allow unscheduled visitors, however, adherence to safety guidance remains paramount.

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Scottish First Home Fund closes its doors

Friday 09 April 2021

The First Home Fund, a shared equity pilot scheme, was launched by the Scottish Government to provide first-time buyers with funding, however, it has closed for applications five days after it re-opened.

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HM Land Registry has ways to speed up transactions

Thursday 08 April 2021

With current figures showing long lead times for buying and selling property, HM Land Registry tools will help those involved speed up the process, including its fast-track service and incoming national Local Land Charges (LLC) register.

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Long term financial plan needed for greener property sector

Thursday 08 April 2021

The UK Government announced that the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme launched last year will close to new applications on 31 March 2021, twelve months earlier than originally planned.

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Commercial Code of Practice template to assist rental and lease terms

Wednesday 07 April 2021

An annex to the Code of Practice for commercial property relationships during COVID-19 has been issued for tenants and landlords to use in discussions about rent, rent arrears, and ongoing lease terms.

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Consultation to review commercial lease evictions

Wednesday 07 April 2021

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has opened a call for evidence to support the UK Government’s decision to review measures on commercial lease evictions in England.

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COVID-19 restrictions relaxed and financial support announced

Thursday 01 April 2021

From today, 1 April, restrictions across Northern Ireland have eased further as part of the Executive's roadmap out of lockdown and the Coronavirus Financial Assistance (Business Support) Scheme 2021 was launched on 31 March by the Department of Finance.

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New Stamp Duty surcharge for non-UK residents

Thursday 01 April 2021

From today, 1 April 2021, a two per cent higher rate of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) will apply to purchasers of residential property in England and Northern Ireland who are not resident in the UK.

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