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PM announces COVID-19 Winter Plan

23 November 2020

Boris Johnson, today, 23 November, announced in Parliament, a COVID-19 Winter Plan which provides a roadmap out of national lockdown in England from 2 December. Read More...

Help for homeowners caught up in unsafe cladding process

23 November 2020

The External Walls Systems 1 (EWS1) form will no longer be required for owners of flats in buildings without cladding to sell, rent, or re-mortgage a property, as announced on 21 November by the UK Government in an agreement reached with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), UK Finance and the Building Societies Associations (BSA). Read More...

Homes moves guidance from the Scottish Government

20 November 2020

From today, 20 November, certain areas in Scotland have moved into Level 3 and Level 4 measures, and whilst home moves and other activities related to the property market can continue, they must be carried out safely, referring to the guidance at all times. Read More...

New Presidential team announced ready to champion members' needs

19 November 2020

Following a rigorous process, NAEA Propertymark is pleased to appoint Liana Loporto as President Elect and Stephen McCarron as Vice President. Two passionate estate agents who have a wealth of experience to share with the organisation, will join Kirsty Finney, NAEA Propertymark President, to form the new Presidential team. Read More...

The future of referral fees - your questions answered

19 November 2020

James Munro, Head of the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team (NTSELAT), shed some light on their recent report to Government on referral fees and what the future holds in a Propertymark webinar, highlighting all agents should be following the guidance. 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