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06 Oct 2021
Shadow Minister calls for establishment of Welsh housing tribunal

Janet Finch-Saunders MS, the Welsh Conservative spokesperson for housing, has urged the Welsh Government to review the possibility of developing a housing tribunal.

29 Sep 2021
Welsh Fire Safety Act to come into force

The Act, due to come into force from 1 October 2021, clarifies parts of a premises that are covered by the Fire Safety Order (FSO).

06 Aug 2021
UK Government outlines plan to tackle commercial rent arrears

The UK Government has outlined how it will legislate to ringfence rent debt and set out a process of binding arbitration to provide a long-term resolution to pandemic related rent arrears for commercial tenants.

07 Jul 2021
Private Tenancies Bill to increase protections for tenants

A Bill introduced by Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey on 6 July, provides new protections for tenants in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) In Northern Ireland, focusing on safety measures, restrictions in rent increases and extending notice periods.

13 May 2021
Leasehold Reform Bill published

The Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill has been published today, and when implemented aims to help tackle inconsistency and ambiguity of ground rents for future leaseholders.

23 Apr 2021
Survey claims over half of landlords back pets in rented property

A landlord survey by Direct Line suggests that nearly half welcome the UK Government’s new Model Tenancy Agreement, which enables tenants with ‘well-behaved pets’ to secure a tenancy more easily.

19 Apr 2021
New 95 per cent mortgage scheme launched

The UK Government has today, 19 April, opened a Mortgage Guarantee Scheme to help first-time buyers and current owners with 5 per cent deposits buy a house up to £600,000.

13 Apr 2021
Safety remains a priority as restrictions ease

Yesterday, 12 April 2021, the UK Government amended advice on house moves following the easing of restrictions in England. Following measures to re-open retail in England, there is now more flexibility for branch managers to allow unscheduled visitors, however, adherence to safety guidance remains paramount.

01 Apr 2021
COVID-19 restrictions relaxed and financial support announced

From today, 1 April, restrictions across Northern Ireland have eased further as part of the Executive's roadmap out of lockdown and the Coronavirus Financial Assistance (Business Support) Scheme 2021 was launched on 31 March by the Department of Finance.

29 Mar 2021
Welsh Government consultation on Regulations relating to Written Statements

To make it simpler and easier to rent a home in Wales the Welsh Government passed The Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016. This Act creates many changes to current tenancy laws, which are anticipated to be introduced in early 2022.

25 Mar 2021
First-time buyers to continue receiving support in Scotland

The Scottish Government’s First Home Fund scheme will re-open on 1 April 2021, which has a budget of £60 million available for the financial year 2021-22 to provide first-time buyers with up to £25,000 to help them buy a property, which can be used for both new build or existing properties.

23 Mar 2021
Tenants will continue to receive financial support in Wales

The Welsh Government has announced today, 23 March, that the Tenancy Loan Saver (TSL) scheme will be extended until 30 September 2021.

23 Mar 2021
Powers given to Councils to build much needed housing

All Councils across England will be given more freedom by the UK Government on how they spend the money from homes sold through Right to Buy to help build the homes needed in their communities.

23 Mar 2021
Treasury announces tax administration reform and new proposals in first-ever ‘Tax Day’

HM Treasury has released its ‘Tax Day command paper’ designed to allow further scrutiny on tax announcements that would normally take place during the budget.

18 Mar 2021
Further extension on evictions in Wales

The Welsh Government has announced a further extension to the ban on evictions and the requirement for landlords to provide six-month notice periods to tenants before they evict.

03 Mar 2021
Lack of direct financial support for the sector in the Budget

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has announced a number of measures affecting the property industry in the UK Government’s 2021 budget, but Propertymark believes more should be done in order to tackle COVID-related rent arrears.

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