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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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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Agents' offices in Wales allowed to open from 12 April

Thursday 01 April 2021

The Welsh Government has announced today, 1 April, lockdown restrictions will be eased further from Monday 12 April with all remaining non-essential retail and close contact services to reopen, and travel into and out of Wales from the rest of the UK and Common Travel Area will be permitted.

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