MHCLG Guidance for the sector Propertymark has spoken to a senior civil servant at the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) this morning. 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. Furthermore, they stated that there should not be any in-person viewings, routine inspections or house moves. MHCLG is still looking into property maintenance tasks
Due to the challenges facing the industry in relation to Coronavirus, ARLA Propertymark has addressed the issues with Government in order to gain answers – including clarification and guidance for those working in the sector. ARLA Propertymark has raised the following with Government: 1) Rent We have asked the Government to solve rent issues so rent continues to flow. To ensure this happens we ask that Government suspend the five weeks Universal Credit (UC) payments
Update from ARLA Propertymark on the COVID19 situation… WHATEVER IT TAKES TO SUPPORT TENANTS AND LANDLORDS Amid mounting public pressure on sick pay and rent, Boris Johnson today announced his intention to legislate to ban new eviction proceedings for the next three months and support tenants who are struggling to pay rent as a result of Coronavirus. ARLA Propertymark currently understands this will not impact existing eviction proceedings. Both Government and opposition were in firm agreement
Subject to approval by both Houses of Parliament landlords and agents will need to ensure electrical installation inspections and testing are carried out for all new tenancies in England from 1 July 2020 or from 1 April 2021 for existing tenancies. The Government has laid The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 meaning landlords must ensure every fixed electrical installation is inspected and tested at least every five years by
Electrical safety standards on the way for England Sections 122 and 123 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 (electrical safety standards) come into force on 25 October 2019. This means we are finally one step closer to the introduction of mandatory electrical safety checks in the private rented sector in England and will see actual regulations very soon. An enabling power was contained in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 under Section 122 to allow the Secretary