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LBTT threshold must be implemented immediately

09 July 2020

In response to the Chancellor's Summer Statement at Westminster, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Kate Forbes MSP, has said that the Scottish Government will raise the threshold for Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) from £145,000 to £250,000. Read More...

Electronic signatures for conveyancers

09 July 2020

HM Land Registry has today, 9 July issued draft guidance on the introduction of e-signatures in order to tackle the issues that legal formalities have caused during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More...

Court case brings to light the importance of Sales Protocol Toolkit

09 July 2020

A recent case where a surveyor failed to identify serious remedial issues has highlighted the importance of using Propertymark’s Sales Protocol Toolkit to help minimise potential misconduct when selling a property. Read More...

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.

The Scottish Government has issued guidance and FAQs for agents to adhere to which includes information on safe house moves and viewings for both vendors and agents and replaces all previous guidance on home moves during the pandemic. They have said that whilst the guidance isn’t statutory, it should be followed otherwise they can legislate and take further action. 

The Route Map published on 21 May shows the Scottish Government’s plan on carefully and gradually lifting lockdown restrictions with criteria to be met to progress through it.

Phase Two

Propertymark guidance

Propertymark has produced in-depth guidance for agents that has been endorsed by the Scottish Government and provides clarity and insight for the safe return of the property sector.

Government guidance on opening offices

The guidance breaks down what agents will now be able to undertake when opening their businesses whilst ensuring the safety of their staff and customers, follow the link below for the full.

Government guidance

Propertymark resources

Daryl McIntosh, Strategic Development Manager for Scotland, and Northern Ireland outlined the changes for agents and our guidance in a webinar – a recording is available to register to below.

Webinar recording

Planning for the post-pandemic will mean agents need to reassess their processes, how they promote themselves to vendors, and prepare their business. Propertymark has produced a series of articles to help agents on areas including ‘socially distanced viewings’, ‘preparing your office’, ‘transitioning staff back into the workplace safety’. These articles can be found on our news pages, and members can access them in their member area.

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