The government may be stopping MPs debating an extension to the stamp duty holiday - despite a pledge they would do so.
An online petition with some 116,000 signatures calling for an extension has passed the threshold which would normally mean the subject would be considered for a debate.
However it’s been reported that Jacob Rees-Mogg - the leader of the House of Commons - has temporarily suspended the use of Westminster Hall, in which these debates are held.
As a result all debates scheduled by the Petitions Committee on petitions that have over 100,000 signatures have been postponed.
It's not yet known when they will resume.
Few are likely to be as time critical as the stamp duty debate which would be aimed to pressing the government to extend the SDLT holiday beyond March 31.
You can see the petition still gaining momentum here.
Meanwhile the Law Society of England and Wales is advising conveyancers to be candid with buyers and sellers who desperately want their transactions to be concluded in time for the March 31 deadline.
The society is warning that instructions which are still coming though in high volumes have an “ever slimmer” chance of completion on time.
“Clients’ expectations should be discussed to avoid people losing money and being left disappointed” it cautions.
The society cites analysis by Rightmove this week, which suggests that around 100,000 buyers will miss out on the stamp duty saving.
“While the conveyancing market continues to operate despite the lockdown, it has no doubt complicated the situation further for solicitors who are already overworked and under pressure ahead of the stamp duty relief deadline” says Law Society president David Greene.
“The Law Society has suggested that clients’ expectations of completing before the deadline should be discussed. Solicitors are there to help and can do that by speaking with clients about what they want to do if they cannot complete before March 31.
“Many factors limiting the speed of a move – delays in the issuing of search results, delays in mortgage offers being issued, problems in the chain and with dependent transactions – are usually outside the control of the conveyancer and they cannot guarantee transactions will complete before the end of March.
“The volume of transactions already waiting to go through mean people should not have unrealistic hopes about the prospects of starting a new transaction now and completing before March 31.
“It will simply result in a lot of people wasting money if they only want to buy if they can complete before the deadline."