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UK housing market remains undeterred

21 October 2020

Despite COVID-19 limitations, agents have been largely permitted to open in areas where local lockdown restrictions have been enforced, and house moves have still progressed. It seems yet again, the pandemic hasn’t been a deterrent for buyers and renters determined to make a change. Read More...

Propertymark backs NRLA calls for a Welsh Housing Survey

20 October 2020

Propertymark has joined up with the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) Wales in their campaign for political parties to commit to expanding the evidence base for housing by introducing a Welsh Housing Survey (WHS). Read More...

Welsh Government announce a two-week fire-break – what does it mean for agencies?

19 October 2020

Today, 19 October, First Minister Mark Drakeford announced that the Welsh Government will impose a two-week fire-break period which requires Welsh residents to stay at home from 6pm on Friday 23 October until Monday 9 November. Today's rules also apply to those traveling into Wales from other parts of the UK: you are permitted to travel into Wales to work as long as you comply with the rules. Read More...

Government extends support to stop business evictions in 2020

Thursday 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.

It will help businesses protect jobs and give them the chance to focus on rebuilding their business over the autumn and Christmas period.

The measures are on top of the wider-ranging financial package provided by the UK Government to protect jobs, incomes, and business throughout and beyond the pandemic. However, it has been stressed that where rent can be paid it should be as the support is aimed at those facing financial hardship during the pandemic.

Government announcement

Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery

In a further announcement by the Government, the restriction on landlords using Commercial Rents Arrears Recovery to enforce unpaid rent on commercial leases has been extended until the end of the year. There is clear guidance that both landlords and tenants must continue to work together to agree on rent payment options if businesses are struggling.

In June 2020, the Government published a Code of Practice to support these discussions. It was produced in association with leading businesses and trade associations to help guide all parties to work together to protect viable businesses and ensure a swift recovery.

Code of Practice announcement

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This Government is committed to supporting businesses and our high streets at this difficult time, and this extension of support will help businesses recover from the impacts of the pandemic and plan for the future.

Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing

 

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During this particularly challenging time for businesses, it is crucial that both landlords and tenants have the clarity and reassurance they need to build back better from the pandemic.

Rt Hon Ashok Kumar MP, Business Secretary