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HM Land Registry portal enhancements – a benefit to the property industry

11 August 2020

Following the announcement on 27 July that transfers of ownership of property, leases, mortgages, and other property dealings can be signed electronically, HM Land Registry has also confirmed that customers in Wales and England can now manage all portal applications and correspondence in one central place. Read More...

Government urged to speed up cladding remediation process

10 August 2020

The second report from the Industry Safety Steering Group on the progress of culture change in the construction sector was issued on 5 August, which highlighted the need for further change for the industry now, ahead of the legislation. Read More...

Consultation to reform planning system launched

06 August 2020

Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick announced today, 6 August, the Government is ‘Planning for the Future’ and aims to overhaul outdated systems and reform the way the country builds. Read More...

Property market to continue through Aberdeen lockdown

06 August 2020

Following the announcement on 5 August by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, that Aberdeen is in lockdown for a period of at least seven days, the Scottish Government has published regulations clarifying the property market can still function. Read More...

Agents need masks when dealing with visitors to branches

Thursday 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.

Over the last two weeks, Propertymark has also been seeking clarification on whether the Government's requirements for customers to wear face coverings when entering shops in England extends to estate and letting agents branches.

While agents offer professional services akin to solicitors and accountants, many offices are based in high street locations and are currently benefiting from a business rate discount designed for retail businesses. 

Propertymark worked towards clarity with the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government and agents should be welcoming visitors on an appointment basis and when all other methods of communication have been exhausted. Any visitor to the office should then be asked in advance to wear a face covering. 

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Safe viewings 

Propertymark has run a campaign to promote the importance of both clients and agents wearing personal protective equipment on every visit to residential property and we will continue to share those messages.

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Update best practice guidance will be issued by Propertymark soon and circulated it to members. Other COVID-19 property industry resources are available on the website. 

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