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03 Sep 2021
What next for Right to Rent video checks?

The Home Office is researching options for a more secure system of remote checks on UK nationals using digital verification, when current Covid measures end in April 2022.

16 Jul 2021
Welsh Government opens Tenancy Hardship Grant applications

The announcement by the Minister of Climate Change Julie James MS, who also has a responsibility over housing, also marks the closure of the Tenancy Saver Loan scheme.

14 May 2021
Commonhold Council launched

An advisory panel of leasehold and industry groups has been launched to inform the UK Government on the future of commonhold homeownership, with the aim of giving people greater control over the costs of homeownership.

11 May 2021
The Queen's Speech 2021: four key issues for property agents

The UK Government announced their plans for the next parliamentary session in the Queen’s Speech today. The plans include several significant changes to planning rules, a new Building Safety Regulator, ground rents and the next steps for Renters Reform.

04 May 2021
Housing a priority for Scottish political parties

Ahead of the elections on 6 May, the main political parties in Scotland have published their policies for the housing sector. We have outlined the key areas, and our own manifesto details the areas Ministers should focus on.

22 Apr 2021
Land Registry requires written evidence before granting extensions

From 17 May 2021, conveyancers and solicitors will need to provide written evidence to show they have taken steps to resolve a request for information before the Land Registry will grant an extension.

09 Apr 2021
Scottish First Home Fund closes its doors

The First Home Fund, a shared equity pilot scheme, was launched by the Scottish Government to provide first-time buyers with funding, however, it has closed for applications five days after it re-opened.

08 Apr 2021
Long term financial plan needed for greener property sector

The UK Government announced that the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme launched last year will close to new applications on 31 March 2021, twelve months earlier than originally planned.

08 Mar 2021
Propertymark releases action plan for next Welsh Government

With the Welsh elections due to take place in May, Propertymark has published its manifesto containing key asks to support the housing sector in Wales.

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.

03 Mar 2021
Calls continue for a Welsh Housing Survey

Propertymark is continuing to back the National Residential Landlords Association’s (NRLA) in their campaign for the introduction of a Welsh Housing Survey (WHS). Laura Jones MS, Welsh Conservative Shadow Housing Minister, and Mike Hedges MS, Welsh Labour Chair of the Cross Party Group for Housing recently backed the calls by stating that “a Welsh Housing Survey is needed as evidence-based policymaking should be taken as standard.”

23 Feb 2021
Propertymark’s Scottish Parliament election manifesto focuses on 12 key areas

Ahead of the Scottish Parliament elections scheduled to take place on 6 May 2021, Propertymark has released its key asks to support the housing sector.

18 Feb 2021
Dialogue with politicians supports Propertymark’s lobbying efforts

Lobbying is key to ensuring that our members have a voice as Government and politicians make decisions affecting the sector. One strand of lobbying work is Propertymark’s Ask The Experts parliamentary sessions, which give legislators the chance to get answers to questions on important property sector issues.

15 Feb 2021
Further extension on ban on evictions and mediation pilot announced

On 14 February, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced a further extension to the ban on bailiff evictions in order to ‘continue to support renters during the ongoing national lockdown restrictions’.

10 Feb 2021
'Largest-ever' investment announced to remove unsafe cladding

Housing Minister Robert Jenrick has today, 10 February, announced the UK Government’s further plans to remove unsafe cladding by investing an additional £3.5 billion. Jenrick promises that the funding will ensure leaseholders in England in high-rise buildings above 18 metres will bear no costs in order to make them safe.

15 Jan 2021
Support growing for Fire Safety Bill amendments that add protection for leaseholders

In November, the House of Lords passed an amendment to the UK Government’s Fire Safety Bill making changes to the current legislation to protect leaseholders from having to pay for historical fire safety remedial work, including the removal of dangerous cladding.

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