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Government announces rise in new homes built last year

20 January 2021

Figures published in January 2021 show a 111 per cent increase in housebuilding in England from July to September 2020 compared with the previous quarter. Data for the same period also show a quarterly rise of 185 per cent more dwellings completed. Read More...

Winter weather precautions

20 January 2021

Propertymark Industry Supplier, Gallagher offers practical steps that can help agents and their clients reduce the risk of damage to property as areas of the nation are set to see further warnings of more inclement weather to come. Damage caused by the escape of water from frozen pipes and other equipment can be extremely costly in repairs and disruption. Read More...

New Help to Buy: Equity Loan Scheme

19 January 2021

First-time buyers looking to purchase a home in England will continue to receive Government support under the revised Help to Buy: Equity Loan Scheme (2021-2023), which is now open for applications with buyers able to move into their new properties from 1 April 2021. Read More...

 

Property market to continue during lockdown in Scotland

Monday 04 January 2021

Following the statement made on 4 January by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 10) Regulations 2021, will come into force on 5 January, allowing persons to only leave home for a reasonable excuse.

These rules will apply across the Scottish mainland until at least the end of January and will be kept under review. Island areas will remain in tier three, but it has been said that they would be monitored carefully.

The regulations contain details of reasonable excuses including:

Moving home or undertaking activities in connection with the maintenance, purchase, sale, letting, or rental of residential property that the person owns or is otherwise responsible for.

The property market is, therefore, permitted to continue however, there is an emphasis that wherever anyone can, they should be working from home until the end of January at the very earliest.

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The Scottish government will do everything we can to speed up the distribution of the vaccine. But all of us must do everything we can to slow down the spread of the virus.

We can already see - by looking at infection rates in the south of England - some of what could happen here in Scotland. To prevent that, we need to act immediately and firmly.

For Government, that means introducing tough measures – as we have done today. And for all of us, it means sticking to the rules.

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister

PROPERTMARK GUIDANCE

As the property sector remains open, Propertymark continues to review the relevant guidance and has created overlaying best practice guidance to support you in working safely and effectively.

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