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Reviewal date set for housing market in Wales to fully open

10 July 2020

First Minister, Mark Drakeford has today, 10 July 2020 announced in his statement reviewing the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations that the Welsh Government will consider reopening the housing market, to allow viewings in occupied properties, from 27 July 2020. Read More...

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...

Home buyers can move if unavoidable

Wednesday 25 March 2020

In the latest guidance from the Government, home buyers should, as far as possible, delay moving to a new property whilst emergency measures are in place to fight Coronavirus.

However, if moving is unavoidable for contractual reasons and the parties are unable to reach an agreement to delay, then people must follow the advice on social distancing to minimise the spread of the virus. Anyone with symptoms, self-isolating or shielding from the virus, should follow medical advice and not move for the time being.

The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) will publish further guidance as soon as possible. In line with the guidance from the Government, work activities must be carried out from home wherever possible and workers must take care to follow Government guidance on social distancing and hygiene. Public Health England has guidance on its website.

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WHAT PROPERTYMARK IS DOING

Propertymark remains in daily dialogue with relevant Government departments to get clarification on the issues facing agents while adhering to overarching Government guidance. Propertymark is seeking answers to all the questions raised by its members and will continue to keep them updated as soon as further information becomes available.

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