25 November 2020

    How letting agents can educate and inform to earn their landlords’ trust

    Agents who clearly communicate their expertise to landlords and help keep them up to date on what they need to know will find managing relationships between parties, and therefore retaining customers, much easier, as estate and lettings agency Wills & Smerdon has learned.

    23 November 2020

    Tougher rules for businesses not following COVID-secure guidance when English lockdown ends

    Local authorities will have greater powers to enforce compliance on businesses operating in an unsafe way, including financial penalties, when England returns to tiered restrictions on 2 December 2020.

    23 November 2020

    The Brexit effect on bank accounts and what this means for non-UK resident landlords

    The end of the year is looming and, with it, the end of the Brexit transition period. Some banks are expecting this to change their ability to operate freely across borders in the European Economic Area, and are already taking steps to close accounts for some of their EU-based customers - including UK landlords living abroad.

    18 November 2020

    Four ways to bring value to your agency through reinvestment

    Sussex-based estate and lettings agency, Michael Jones, is always looking at ways to reinvest in its own business, and others, to grow and boost its activities. Here are four areas where it’s seen success.

    17 November 2020

    Right to rent checks: a digital future

    Right to rent checks in England moved temporarily online in March 2020 in line with Covid-19 safety measures - and the government has doubled down on this initiative with the introduction of an online platform, in this extract from our e-book, "Your guide to lettings and the law, Vol II".

    16 November 2020

    Landlord Action's Legal Director answers letting agents' questions on the new possession process

    "It's more important now than ever to make sure you get professional advice about the serving of a notice," says Tim Frome, discussing the most recent changes to the possession process as a result of Covid-19.

    13 November 2020

    Analysis of Tier 3 impact on Leicester lettings foreshadows lockdown slump

    Leicester's lettings market in the region saw a spike in activity immediately before restrictions were introduced, followed by a significant slowdown when year on year figures were compared. 

    12 November 2020

    Meet the property management expert who is working hard to educate landlords on their responsibilities

    Julie Ford founded a property network to help new landlords become great ones - but she still believes that all landlords should use a letting agent.

    11 November 2020

    Improving Electrical Safety Standards in the private rented sector

    The introduction of Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 during the pandemic has led to extra safety measures being put in place - and highlighted potential bottlenecks in the process, in this extract from our e-book, "Your guide to lettings and the law, Vol II".

    10 November 2020

    How to start preparing your staff for the regulation of property agents

    Darshan Sunger of Three Oaks is prioritising getting himself - and his staff - qualified now, so they're ready when the Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA) comes into force. He shares advice for other agents starting their journey towards qualification.

    How letting agents can educate and inform to earn their landlords’ trust

    Posted by Suzy Lycett on 25 November 2020

    “We have been in business since 1933 and like to think of ourselves as the local property experts,” says Sara Grey, Lettings Manager at the Ripley and Horsley-based Wills & Smerdon.

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    Topics: Business

    Tougher rules for businesses not following COVID-secure guidance when English lockdown ends

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 23 November 2020

    The situation with Covid-19 is rapidly changing and this article will continue to be updated throughout. For the latest guidelines, please refer to gov.uk.

    The Government has announced that England will be moving back into a system of tiered restrictions as part of its “Covid-19 Winter Plan” for when the second national lockdown ends on 2 December. Although the restrictions will be “tougher” than they were in October, it currently appears that the lettings industry will be able to continue operating as it has during the lockdown, with “moving home” listed as being exempt from the restrictions at every tier

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    Topics: Covid-19

    The Brexit effect on bank accounts and what this means for non-UK resident landlords

    Posted by Suzy Lycett on 23 November 2020

    UK banks currently benefit from an EU “passport”, which gives banks licensed in one European Economic Area (EEA) country “the right to conduct business in the EEA based on their home state authorisations” but this is likely to change once the UK officially leaves the EU at the end of 2020.

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    Topics: Business

    Four ways to bring value to your agency through reinvestment

    Posted by Suzy Lycett on 18 November 2020

    “In this ever evolving marketplace, you need more and more investment into your business to stay ahead of the curve,” says Mark Howell, Group Lettings Manager at Michael Jones & Company - and he shares how investing in different ways can help you get the best results.

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    Topics: Business

    Right to rent checks: a digital future

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 17 November 2020

    The English right to rent checks on the immigration status of potential tenants, first introduced in 2016, are mandatory for letting agents and their landlords. Any agents or landlords accepting a tenant who doesn’t have the right to reside in the UK will leave themselves open to prosecution and potential unlimited fines.

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    Topics: Compliance

    Landlord Action's Legal Director answers letting agents' questions on the new possession process

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 16 November 2020

    Landlord Action's Legal Director, Tim Frome, talks to Goodlord's Oli Sherlock about how possession cases are faring since the reopening of the courts, with insights from on the ground for letting agents and landlords who are going through the new process.

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    Topics: Covid-19

    Analysis of Tier 3 impact on Leicester lettings foreshadows lockdown slump

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 13 November 2020

    An analysis of the impact of Tier 3 restrictions on the lettings market in Leicester, which was under extra restrictions for more than 120 days, indicates that the current lockdown could slow the rental market in England despite house moves being permitted under the current lockdown rules. 

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    Topics: Data

    Meet the property management expert who is working hard to educate landlords on their responsibilities

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 12 November 2020

    “Networking events for landlords used to be very much about building your profile, building your wealth, growing your portfolio," says Julie Ford. “But once those landlords actually got the keys in their hands, there was no support for how to be a good landlord."

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    Topics: Customer experience

    Improving Electrical Safety Standards in the private rented sector

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 11 November 2020

    Since 1 July 2020, landlords and agents in the private rented sector in England have been required to carry out electrical installation inspections and testing on all new tenancies in England under the new Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020. This legislation will extend to include all existing tenancies on 1 April 2021.

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    Topics: Compliance

    How to start preparing your staff for the regulation of property agents

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 10 November 2020

    Regulation is on its way and letting agents need to be prepared. That’s why Darshan Sunger of Three Oaks is prioritising getting his staff qualified now - and why he believes other agencies should be prioritising this too. He talks about how agencies can get ahead of the Regulation of Property Agents with Goodlord’s Costas Frangeskou, with exclusive insights from his experience at Three Oaks.

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    Topics: Compliance

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