Reading the RICS commentary this week about the latest lockdown "putting the brakes on housing sales", the announcement this afternoon from Homes England that it will not enforce the ‘First Longstop’ for the existing Help to Buy scheme, essentially giving our housebuilder clients an extra month to reach PC on their Help to Buy units, is a much needed and welcome relief.

Now, if we could just have the same good news in relation to the SDLT window, that would make for a great start to the first quarter of 2021 for the housebuilding world....