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New Job Support Scheme announced by the Chancellor

24 September 2020

In a speech in the House of Commons today, 24 September, Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, outlined the UK Government’s next stage of the economic plan to protect jobs over the winter period with the announcement of a new Job Support Scheme. Read More...

Scottish moving homes guidance updated

24 September 2020

Further to the announcement on 22 September by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, where stronger measures to tackle the rise in COVID-19 infection rates were implemented, the Scottish Government has now updated its guidance on moving home. Read More...

New Chief Executive Officer of Propertymark appointed

24 September 2020

Tim Balcon joins Propertymark today, 24 September, as Chief Executive Officer, which is a newly created role, bringing over 20 years’ experience in membership and sector organisations. Read More...

Government extends support to stop business evictions in 2020

17 September 2020

Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, announced yesterday, 16 September, that all commercial tenants will be protected from the risk of eviction until the end of this year. Read More...

Scottish Government to introduce additional changes to the property sector

Thursday 21 May 2020

The Coronavirus (Scotland) No 2 Bill was passed on Wednesday 20 May and is likely to receive Royal Assent imminently. The Bill introduces new emergency measures and adds to the changes made by the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020.

Pre-action requirement for order for possession or eviction order on ground of rent arrears

In considering whether it is reasonable to make an order for possession against a tenant on rent arrears, and where part of the arrears was incurred in the Coronavirus period, the First Tier Tribunal Housing and Property Chamber for Scotland will consider the extent to which the landlord has complied with pre-action requirements before raising the proceedings for possession.

This could include, providing information to the tenant about the terms of the tenancy, rent arrears, and what steps have been taken by the landlord with a view to seeking arrangements with the tenant for payment of future rent, rent arrears and any other outstanding financial obligation under the tenancy.

The requirements will be made by Scottish Ministers.

Student residential tenancies

The Bill introduces a 28-day notice period for new agreements entered into by students. This will ensure that students entering into new accommodation contracts for the next academic year, but are then unable to take up the accommodation as planned due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, will be able to give notice and not be held liable for accommodation they are not using for the full contract term.

Council Tax Exemption student accommodation

Any dwellings occupied by students, as defined in the Council Tax (Exempt Dwellings) (Scotland) Order 1997, that due to COVID-19 became vacant on or after the 17 March 2020, and while the dwelling remains unoccupied, will be considered as exempt from council tax.

LBTT – Additional Dwelling Supplement

The period that a previous main residence can be sold, and repayment of Additional Dwelling Supplement claimed for certain transactions has been increased from 18 months to 36 months.

Timetable

The changes are intended as temporary measures for the duration of the Coronavirus outbreak. They will initially be in force until 30 September 2020. However, there are provisions for these to be extended for two six-month periods.

Coronavirus (Scotland) No 2 Bill

PROPERTYMARK RESOURCES

Propertymark continues to support its members through the COVID-19 crisis, with a series of online resources for members including responsive webinars, fact sheets, email updates, and a COVID-19 operating checklist.

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