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Housing market continues to thrive following lockdown

29 July 2020

Propertymark's June Housing Market Report shows that one in 10 properties (10 per cent) sold for more than the original asking price as buyers compete for the successful bid on their dream home, which is the highest recorded since February 2016 where 11 per cent sold for more. Read More...

Guidance released for re-opening of housing market in Wales

28 July 2020

Today, 28 July, the Welsh Government has released guidance for the property sector and has updated its amendments to the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations in light of the re-opening of the housing market from 27 July. Read More...

HM Land Registry to accept electronic signatures

27 July 2020

Today, Monday 27 July, the transfers of ownership of property, leases, mortgages, and other property dealings can now be signed electronically, making it simpler and faster for people to move home. Read More...

Welsh Housing market to re-open fully from Monday 27 July 2020

24 July 2020

Today, 24 July, the Welsh Government confirmed that the housing market will fully reopen on Monday 27 July 2020. Read More...

Tougher security laws considered after Russia report

24 July 2020

Whilst the property industry isn’t consistently regulated across the UK, agents do have to abide by many rules including those on anti-money laundering. The Russia Report, issued on 21 July, shows the continued threat of illicit financial activity and Ministers are considering strengthening legislation. Read More...

Agents need masks when dealing with visitors to branches

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. Read More...

NCA calls for changes in light of the Russia report

23 July 2020

The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament issued their report on 21 July on Russia, highlighting the problems estate agents are faced with in combatting financial crime activity in property markets. Read More...

Grenfell response pledges prompt improvement to building safety

Thursday 23 January 2020

The UK Government’s response to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 Report proposes measures to ‘go further and faster to improve the safety of residents.’

The core of the new regime will be a regulator, supported by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), that will give effective oversight of the design, construction and occupation of high-risk buildings

Responsibility for building safety lies with building owners, and those that have not taken action to make their buildings safe will be named from next month – a commitment made by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick. Where there is no clear remediation plan, the government will work with local authorities to support them in their enforcement options.

It is unclear whether building owners will be able to force leaseholders to pay for the remedial work. Mr Jenrick, during a special debate in the House of Commons, made a commitment to make funds and assistance available for homeowners who find themselves in this situation.

The Government will consult on extending the ban on combustible materials to buildings below 18 metres. 

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The government is committed to bringing about the biggest change in building safety for a generation.

Progress on improving building safety needs to move significantly faster to ensure people are safe in their homes and building owners are held to account.

That’s why today I’m announcing a major package of reforms, including establishing the Building Safety Regulator within the Health and Safety Executive to oversee the new regime and publishing consolidated guidance for building owners.

Unless swift progress is seen in the coming weeks, I will publicly name building owners where action to remediate unsafe ACM cladding has not started. There can be no more excuses for delay, I’m demanding immediate action.

Housing Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP

Proposed measures

Building Safety Regulator – With a strong track record of working with industry and other regulators to improve safety, a new regulator will draw on the experience and the capabilities of other regulators to implement the new regime. Dame Judith Hackitt will chair a Board to oversee the transition.

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We are proud the Government has asked HSE to establish the new Building Safety Regulator.

HSE’s vast experience of working in partnership with industry and others to improve lives will ensure people are confident the creation of the new regulator is in good hands.

Martin Temple, Chair of the Health and Safety Executive

Advice on building safety for multi-storey, multi-occupied buildings – The Government has appointed an independent expert advisory panel (IEAP), clarifying and updating advice for building owners on building safety. This has focussed on their external wall systems (cladding).

Fire doors – The Association of Composite Door Manufacturers has committed to working with building owners to remediate doors which failed safety tests.

Remediation of buildings with ACM cladding – The Government will appoint a construction expert to review remediation timescales and identify what can be done to improve pace in the private sector.

Combustible cladding ban - The Government has also launched a consultation into the current ban, including proposals to lower the 18-metre height threshold to at least 11 metres.

Sprinklers - The Government’s consultation on sprinklers and other measures for new-build flats concluded on 28 November 2019 where they have proposed lowering the height threshold for sprinkler requirements in new buildings and will set out detailed proposals in their technical review of fire guidance in February.

Fire Safety Bill - A Fire Safety Bill – set out in the Government response to Phase 1 of the Grenfell enquiry - will be introduced to Parliament, setting out changes to make enforcement easier where building owners have failed to act.


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