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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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Three-month extension period to file accounts during COVID-19

Tuesday 31 March 2020

Businesses who cannot file accounts on time due to COVID-19, and whose filing deadline has not yet passed, can apply for an automatic and immediate three-month extension.

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HM Land Registry continuing services during COVID-19

Tuesday 31 March 2020

HM Land Registry will operate as close to normal as possible after reviewing how best to continue delivering its services during the crisis.

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Updated advice on conveyancing and amending existing contracts

Tuesday 31 March 2020

The Law Society has published updated guidance for conveyancers in England, reinforcing that home moves into occupied properties should only take place in situations where contracts have been exchanged and deferral is impossible.

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Agents in Scotland given 100% rates relief during crisis

Monday 30 March 2020

Estate and letting agents, along with a host of other businesses, will be exempt from rates relief from 2020-21 as part of the Scottish Government’s £2.2 billion plan to support businesses through the Coronavirus outbreak.

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Business rates exemption – make sure you receive your ‘nil bill’

Monday 30 March 2020

The Government has announced that letting and estate agents in England that are closed due to COVID-19 measures will be eligible for the business rates retail discount, which is increased to 100 per cent for 2020–2021

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MHCLG guidance on buying and selling homes during COVID-19

Friday 27 March 2020

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has issued guidance on buying and selling homes during the stay-at-home period.

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Self-employed to receive 80% supplement by June

Thursday 26 March 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak this evening announced a new self-employed income support scheme, comprising a taxable grant worth 80% of their average profit over the last three years. The scheme will be open for three months and will be extended if needed.

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Leaseholders call for Government help with cladding security costs

Thursday 26 March 2020

Leaseholders in buildings cladded with flammable materials have called for support with the cost of interim safety measures during the Coronavirus crisis.

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Home buyers can move if unavoidable

Wednesday 25 March 2020

In the latest guidance from the Government, home buyers should, as far as possible, delay moving to a new property whilst emergency measures are in place to fight Coronavirus.

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Council Tax Hardship Fund to support those affected by Coronavirus

Wednesday 25 March 2020

The Government has confirmed further support for renters with a £500 million hardship fund which will provide council tax relief for vulnerable people and households to help those affected most by Coronavirus.

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Avoid online scams to keep yourself safe

Wednesday 25 March 2020

New ways of working and potential home distractions mean conditions are perfect for bad actors looking to harvest data.

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Propertymark campaign leads to business rates relief

Wednesday 25 March 2020

After a campaign led by Propertymark, the Government have confirmed that business rates relief has been extended to estate and letting agents. This means those agency offices that have closed as a result of Covid-19 measures to restrict the spread of the virus will be now be exempted from business rates in 2020–2021.

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Protection from commercial landlord evictions

Tuesday 24 March 2020

The UK Government announced on 23 March 2020 commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of coronavirus will be protected from eviction meaning no business will be forced out of their premises if they miss a payment in the next three months.

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Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government guidance on branches, viewings and moves

Tuesday 24 March 2020

A senior civil servant at Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) this morning, provided guidance for the sector to Propertymark.

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Data protection guidance for remote working

Monday 23 March 2020

With a vast majority of people in the property industry working remotely and whilst individual safety is at top of their priorities, agents and business owners must also be aware of the safety of their data during the crisis.

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Government support to save jobs and businesses

Friday 20 March 2020

This evening, in a bid to protect jobs and small to medium businesses, the Chancellor announced a dramatic escalation of Government support in a bid to save jobs and dissuade employers from laying off staff.

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Guidance on Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Friday 20 March 2020

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published new guidance for mortgage lenders and administrators, and small business lenders which supports announcements made by the Chancellor on support for businesses and homeowners impacted by COVID-19.

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Propertymark calls on UK Government to extend business rates relief

Friday 20 March 2020

Property agents are missing out on a proposed twelve-month business rates ‘holiday’, as they are classified as offices, not retail branches on the high street.

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Propertymark urges members to contact their MP about business rates relief

Friday 20 March 2020

Property agents are missing out on business rates relief measures announced by the Government in response to the outbreak of Coronavirus.

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Propertymark calls for wage rescue package for the industry

Friday 20 March 2020

The Government has come under fire for having no plan to protect jobs from the effect of the Coronavirus.

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Northern Ireland Executive announces COVID-19 response

Thursday 19 March 2020

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill announced a wide-ranging package of support aimed at supporting all sections of the economy and society. Acknowledging the impact already being felt by the economy, businesses, public services, jobs, and people’s livelihood.

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Agents missing out on rate relief

Thursday 19 March 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak appeared before the Treasury Select Committee 18 March, and the new Governor of the Bank of England, Andrew Bailey, promised the Bank would do “whatever it takes to support the needs of the economy and the needs of the people of this country”. However property agents are missing out on business rate relief.

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Propertymark creates COVID-19 Checklist

Monday 16 March 2020

What should you do as an agent to best protect your staff, your clients and yourself while continuing to deliver the social interaction required to carry out your professional duties?

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Secretary of State tells Sadiq Khan to meet London housing targets

Friday 13 March 2020

The Secretary of State for Housing, Robert Jenrick, has written to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, directing required changes to the London Plan to meet London’s housing needs.

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Robert Jenrick plans to get Britain building

Thursday 12 March 2020

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP has set out proposals to bring Britain’s planning system into the 21st century as part of plans to get the country building. The announcement sets our further details of measures announced in yesterday’s Spring budget.

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Spring Budget 2020 - stamp duty, cladding, AML and more

Wednesday 11 March 2020

New Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has delivered a range of measures affecting the property industry in his first budget.

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Budget 2020 – what agents need to know about the new stamp duty surcharge

Wednesday 11 March 2020

In the 2020 Spring budget, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced that a surcharge on stamp duty for non-UK residents would be introduced.

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Housing Minister addresses Planning Inspectorate

Wednesday 11 March 2020

Recently appointed Housing Minister, Christopher Pincher, allayed fears about him not knowing anything about planning, infrastructure and the need for new and better homes in his speech to the Planning Inspectorate.

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