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14 May 2021

The UK Government set out in the Queen’s speech on 11 May, its legislative plans for adult education and training for the next parliamentary session with a proposed Skills and Post-16 Education Bill. Read More...

Over 300,000 homes sold with Help to Buy

14 May 2021

Sam Legg, 19, a farmer from Leicestershire, has become the 300,000th homeowner to use the Help to Buy: Equity Loan Scheme since its launch in 2013 and urges others to join the scheme. Read More...

Commonhold Council launched

14 May 2021

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Leasehold Reform Bill published

13 May 2021

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The Queens Speech 2021: four key issues for property agents

11 May 2021

The UK Government announced their plans for the next parliamentary session in the Queen’s Speech today, 11 May, which includes several significant changes to planning rules, a new Building Safety Regulator, ground rents, and the next steps for Renters Reform. Read More...

Impact on the housing sector

Monday 02 November 2020

Following Saturday evening's announcement about further Covid-19 restrictions coming into force across England from Thursday 5 November, we have been working to understand exactly what this means for our members.

Secretary of State for Housing, Robert Jenrick confirmed on Twitter that house moves can go ahead and the housing market will remain open throughout this period. The restrictions are subject to a vote in parliament on Thursday which is expected to pass, in part through the support of Labour MPs.

The Job Retention Scheme which allows employers to pay staff who cannot work, 80% of their salaries including commission returns for the period through to 2 December.

This news comes as many members are already grappling with delays caused by increased demand for conveyancing during the Stamp Duty holiday. Propertymark has been seeking firm clarification for circumstances where staff need to work in branch and deal with external parties over keys etc along with conducting valuations, viewings, maintenance, inspections and surveys.

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We welcome the news that the housing market is to remain open throughout this second lockdown period, and it is essential that all agents continue to play their part in reducing the spread of the virus through following all relevant guidance. Agents must operate in accordance with Government and Propertymark guidelines, to keep the market moving through these uncertain times.

Mark Hayward

Mark Hayward
NAEA Propertymark Chief Executive