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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...

Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government guidance on branches, viewings and moves

Tuesday 24 March 2020

A senior civil servant at Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) this morning, provided guidance for the sector to Propertymark.

The civil servant stated that agents are not “essential businesses” under the new rules and therefore, their view is that agents should close their offices immediately.

They also stated that there should not be any in-person viewings, routine inspections or house moves.

MHCLG is still looking into property maintenance tasks such as gas safety checks and hopes to issue guidance on these points as soon as possible.

British Association of Removers

The British Association of Removers (BAR) has also issued communications this morning instructing members that moves should only be completed if they are already underway, any move that has not yet started, should not go ahead.

WHAT PROPERTYMARK IS DOING

Property agents are missing out on business rates relief measures announced by the Government in response to the outbreak of Coronavirus. Propertymark urges members to contact their MP about business rates relief

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