5th November 2020

Lockdown 2.0

Lockdown 2.0 is upon us and we are fortunate enough to have the green light to remain open By appointment only. PropertyMark have reported this morning…… “The UK Government has voted in favour of a second lockdown across England starting from 5 November until 2 December. Under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 which underpins the second national lockdown, estate and letting agents and removals firms can continue to work. The Regulations
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