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Q&A on re-opening of the housing market in England, with Propertymark’s David Cox

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Categories: Guest speakers & industry specialists,Legislation


Propertymark’s CEO David Cox joined us to provide an update following the Government’s announcement on 13th May that home moving activities could take place again – subject to strict social distancing guidelines.

Rightmove director and housing market expert Miles Shipside quizzed David on the new guidance and we then opened the floor to answer agents’ live questions, in an extended 90 minute session.

David covered advice on viewings, re-opening your office, PPE, property management, the furlough scheme and much more.

Watch the full recording in the video module above or just the Q&A section in the shorter video below. 

The questions covered in the Q&A are:

  • Can property inspections go ahead?
  • What is the latest on Wales and Scotland. Do the rules apply?
  • How do the guidelines affect HMO’s?
  • Does the guidance apply to commercial?
  • Can agents now visit tenanted properties as long as social distancing takes place?
  • Is anything going to change with regards to Section 21 and the three-month notice period?
  • Can members of a different household enter in to one tenancy (students etc)?
  • When a tenant leaves, can they insist on a professional clean?
  • Will there be a standard template for risk assessments?
  • What about GDPR for risk assessments and information stored about clients and their health?
  • My boss has asked me to come back from furlough and I am worried that my office will not have taken safety in to consideration. What can I do?
  • How long should people leave between viewings?
  • What is Propertymark doing to push the guidance in Scotland and Wales?

Read a summary of the full Government guidance.

David Cox is Chief Executive of ARLA Propertymark. He joined ARLA, Association of Residential Letting Agents, in January 2014 bringing a sharply focused policy and stakeholder engagement perspective. David has worked alongside a diverse board of experienced practitioners from across the industry to transform ARLA into ARLA Propertymark, an organisation which protects consumers through measures including Client Money Protection, campaigning for mandatory regulation of the lettings industry and raising professional standards. David has held senior policy roles at the National Landlords Association (NLA) and the International Union of Property Owners (UIPI); a trained barrister, David has also acted as Parliamentary Advisor to a well-known backbench MP.