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Number of property companies entering liquidation falls

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The property industry has boomed as a result of various government interventions, according to research by GetAgent.co.uk

Despite many British businesses having to call time on trading due to the unprecedented economic pressure of the pandemic, the number of property companies entering liquidation fell.

Research by estate agent comparison site, GetAgent.co.uk, highlights this silver lining and reveals that the property industry has boomed as a result of various government interventions, such as the SDLT holiday, ensuring that buyers remain incentivised during otherwise uncertain times.

As such, the UK property sector and many of those operating within it have thrived.

In fact, industry analysis by GetAgent has found that the number of property companies entering liquidation actually decreased during the pandemic when compared to the years preceding it.

The research focuses on both registered compulsory liquidations and registered creditors’ voluntary liquidations within the Real Estate Activities Sector which includes the buying and selling of own real estate, the renting and operating of own or leased real estate and real estate activities on a fee or contract basis.

GetAgent’s analysis of liquidations found that, during the pandemic (Q1 2020 to Q3 2021), the number of all liquidations in the Real Estate Activities Sector in Great Britain totalled 494.

This total is down 18% when compared to the same time frame prior to the start of the pandemic (Q2, 2018 to Q4, 2019).

Colby Short, Founder and CEO of GetAgent.co.uk, commented: It’s fair to say that the property market has never been stronger and so while the last two years have been tough on all of us, at least we’ve had some consistency and stability across our professional lives, albeit we’ve had to adapt and evolve with Covid rules and regulations.

He said: Government support schemes such as furlough will have gone some way in helping many property businesses weather the initial storm and any financial instability. However, since the market reopened and the additional boost of a stamp duty holiday was implemented, we’ve hardly paused for breath.

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