Prime Minister promises “Project Speed” will increase home building

Tuesday 30 June 2020

Boris Johnson announced today, 30 June, an ambitious £5bn plan to boost the UK economy with a focus on infrastructure development. The funding will be used for building homes, public services, and transport links, and adds substance to his “build, build, build” pledge to change planning laws to prevent delays in large-scale building projects and deliver greener and faster homes.

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House License Plates – a benefit for property professionals

Tuesday 30 June 2020

The Government will open its Unique Property Reference Numbers (UPRN) system from 1 July which has applications useful to agents on information searches.

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Housing market now open in Scotland

Monday 29 June 2020

As announced on 19 June, the Scottish Government’s phased exit plan has today, 29 June, moved into Phase Two which allows agents to open for business but under strict guidance.

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Welsh Government issue guidance for housing sector

Thursday 25 June 2020

Following the announcement on Friday 19 June of a partial reopening of the housing market in Wales from Monday 22 June, the Welsh Government has just released guidance for agents and landlords.

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English housing market picking up following lockdown

Thursday 25 June 2020

As the housing market reopened, estate agents recorded an average of five sales per branch, and demand for housing was seven per cent higher than recorded pre-lockdown.

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Agents must keep Anti-Money Laundering practices in line as Britain leaves the EU

Wednesday 24 June 2020

The future of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) enforcement has yet to be decided in the UK-EU talks and agents should ensure their current processes are up to date to be ready for any changes to AML laws as a result of Brexit.

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Code of practice for the commercial property sector

Tuesday 23 June 2020

On Friday 19 June 2020, the UK Government published a Code of Practice to encourage commercial tenants and landlords to work together to protect viable businesses.

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Government to extend the time period for suspension of the forfeiture of evictions

Tuesday 23 June 2020

On Friday 19 June 2020, the UK Government announced that it will extend measures to prevent high street businesses facing eviction over the Summer.

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Agents in Scotland to be ready to open for business from 29 June

Monday 22 June 2020

As announced on 19 June, the Scottish Government’s phased exit plan has moved into Phase Two to be introduced in stages and guidance has now been published for agents. Whilst it’s not a return to normal, house moves will be permitted.

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Welsh Gov FAQs addresses five-mile travel rules

Monday 22 June 2020

Following the announcement on Friday of a partial reopening of the housing market in Wales from today (Monday 22 June), the Welsh Government have released further information via FAQs which provides detail about the lifting of the five-mile travel restrictions for the property sector.

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Partial reopening of housing market in Wales from 22 June

Friday 19 June 2020

The First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford has announced that there will be a partial reopening of the housing market in Wales from Monday 22 June 2020.

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House moves from 29 June in Scotland

Thursday 18 June 2020

The Scottish Government has announced that Scotland will move to the second stage of the Coronavirus lockdown exit plan and this means a relaxation on restrictions on house moves from Monday 29 June 2020.

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Toolkit training is crucial to compliance and customer service

Tuesday 16 June 2020

Propertymark urges all agencies to give their staff robust training on how to use the Sales Protocol Toolkit, as clients look to the market after lockdown.

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Banks must know about and consider AML and CMP requirements

Friday 12 June 2020

Propertymark has responded to the Joint Money Laundering Steering Group (JMLSG) proposed draft guidance on Pooled Client Accounts outlining that the banks' expectations of letting agents do not coincide with legal requirements for AML (Anti-Money Laundering) and the CMP (Client Money Protection) regulations.

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Northern Ireland housing market to reopen

Thursday 11 June 2020

The Executive Ministers announced today in their daily update on the COVID-19 emergency that sales and lettings activity can resume under strict guidelines from Monday 15 June.

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Three year refund window leeway for Higher rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)

Wednesday 10 June 2020

Due to the restrictions placed on the housing market during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government has recognised some people have been unable to sell a previous main residence to qualify for the three per cent higher rates of SDLT refund.

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Welsh Gov issues notice on property sector and non-compliance

Wednesday 10 June 2020

The Welsh Government has issued a notice to Propertymark on the continued closure of estate and lettings agencies and under the current health protection regulations, non-essential retail businesses remain closed.

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Rebecca Marsh announced as new Property Ombudsman

Friday 05 June 2020

From October 2020, Rebecca Marsh will take up the role of The Property Ombudsman, taking over from Katrine Sporle CBE, whose five-year contract comes to an end on 31 October.

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Discretion in Scottish COVID-19 grant scheme means eligible agencies should get help

Thursday 04 June 2020

The Scottish Government has responded to concerns raised by Propertymark on behalf of its members, following reports that some Scottish agents had been denied access to business support schemes when local authorities declared the grant is not available to their sector.

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How agents can help vulnerable customers during self-isolation

Wednesday 03 June 2020

Some customers who are self-isolating because they are higher risk may face other challenges apart from the direct risk and impact of the virus, Agents are a key part of local communities and can provide housing and support to those in need.

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Greater flexibility built into Job Retention Scheme

Monday 01 June 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced on Friday 29 May, changes to the Job Retention Scheme (commonly known as the Furlough Scheme).

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