4 May 2021

Renters' Reform Bill: Back on the government's agenda?

The government proposed a sweeping set of reforms for the private rented sector in England with its Renters' Reform Bill back in 2019, including abolishing Section 21, making changes to Section 8, and introducing "lifetime deposits". Will the State Opening of Parliament on May 11 move things forwards? Here's a reminder of what's on the horizon.

13 April 2021

3 ways to upsell landlords from let-only to your fully managed service

Hamilton Fraser's Paul Shamplina and Goodlord's Director of Insurance Oli Sherlock share their top tips for making sure landlords choose your fully managed service.

25 March 2021

Letting agents must comply with client money protection legislation by 1 April 2021

Letting and property agents in England must belong to a client money protection scheme by 1 April 2021, when the two-year grace period comes to an end.

3 March 2021

3 takeaways for letting agents and landlords from Budget 2021

The furlough scheme, self-employment support scheme, and stamp duty holiday have all been extended until the end of September 2021.

4 January 2021

Your guide to the lettings legislation dates for agents and landlords in 2021

From Electrical Safety Standards through to right to rent changes as a result of Brexit - in addition to the continuing impact of Covid-19 - it's going to be another busy year and landlords are going to need letting agents' guidance more than ever when it comes to compliance.

30 November 2020

Your guide to the proposals to extend regulations on domestic smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

The proposals include requiring social landlords to ensure at least one smoke alarm is installed on each storey of buildings; requiring carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted alongside the installation of fixed combustion appliances; and requiring private and social landlords to install carbon monoxide alarms in any room where a fixed combustion appliance is used.

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.

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.

9 November 2020

New lettings legislation still passing during the pandemic, says Landlord Action’s Legal Director

Lettings legislation unrelated to Covid-19 has still been passing during the pandemic, says Tim Frome, Landlord Action’s Legal Director, and letting agents and landlords need to keep abreast of changes to Electrical Safety Standards Regulations, right to rent, and Section 21.

5 November 2020

UPDATED: Furlough scheme extended until the end of April 2021

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 April 2021, as restrictions increase throughout the UK.

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Andrea Warmington
Andrea writes and edits content for Goodlord's digital channels in her role as Content Manager. She's a recent transplant from Auckland, New Zealand and Goodlord's resident rugby fan.
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Renters' Reform Bill: Back on the government's agenda?

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 04 May 2021

The government confirmed that it plans to abolish Section 21, make changes to Section 8, and introduce "lifetime deposits" as part of its “revolutionary” Renters’ Reform Bill, a sweeping set of reforms for the private rented sector in England, in the briefing notes to the Queen’s Speech in December 2019.

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Topics: Compliance

3 ways to upsell landlords from let-only to your fully managed service

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 13 April 2021

How can you upsell landlords - new and old - from let-only to your fully-managed service? Paul Shamplina, Chief Commercial Officer at Hamilton Fraser, joined Goodlord's Oli Sherlock for a webinar discuss their own approaches. Watch the webinar on-demand or read on for their top tips.

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Topics: Business

Letting agents must comply with client money protection legislation by 1 April 2021

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 25 March 2021

It has been mandatory for letting agents in England who hold client money to belong to a client money protection scheme since 1st April 2019, in order to make sure that the funds of both their tenants and landlords are protected. A two-year grace period has been in place for agencies that have had difficulty opening a client money account, however this ends on 1st April 2021. Letting agencies can be fined up to £30,000, if they do not belong to an approved client money protection scheme, and up to £5,000, if they don’t display their certificate of membership or provide it when asked.

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Topics: Compliance

3 takeaways for letting agents and landlords from Budget 2021

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 03 March 2021

Budget 2021 included several important announcements from the Chancellor for letting agents and landlords, including the extension to the furlough scheme and support for the self-employed; an extension to the stamp duty holiday; and increased support for businesses.

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Topics: Business

Your guide to the lettings legislation dates for agents and landlords in 2021

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 04 January 2021

The end of coronavirus legislation - and the as-yet-unknown impact this will have on lettings, with extended notice periods and furlough set to end - is just one of the dates letting agents and landlords should be marking in their calendars this year. The deadlines for Electrical Safety Regulations and client money protection are fast approaching while the mid-year changes to right to rent as a result of Brexit are yet to be confirmed. Plus, the Renters' Reform Bill and Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA) are likely to come back onto the agenda as the pandemic is brought under control. In short, it's going to be another busy year and landlords are going to need letting agents' guidance more than ever when it comes to compliance.

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Topics: Compliance

Your guide to the proposals to extend regulations on domestic smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 30 November 2020

Consultation is now open on the government’s proposals to extend regulations on domestic smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in both social and private rented accommodation. The proposals include requiring social landlords to ensure at least one smoke alarm is installed on each storey of a building where any rooms are used as living accommodation; requiring carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted alongside the installation of fixed combustion appliances of any fuel type; and requiring private and social landlords to install carbon monoxide alarms in any room used as living accommodation where a fixed combustion appliance is used. The consultation will be open until 11 January 2021.

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Topics: Compliance

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 on gatherings at every tier. Courts will also remain open at every tier.

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Topics: Covid-19

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

New lettings legislation still passing during the pandemic, says Landlord Action’s Legal Director

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 09 November 2020

“There is legislation that has gone under the radar,” says Tim Frome, Landlord Action’s Legal Director. “Everyone’s aware of the legal issues brought about by the pandemic that people are facing on a day-to-day basis. But the government has still been passing other lettings legislation.”

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Topics: Compliance

UPDATED: Furlough scheme extended until the end of April 2021

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 05 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 Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 April 2021, with furloughed employees to receive 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, in order to support businesses as much of the country is put under Tier 3 restrictions. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has also confirmed that he would be extending the government-guaranteed Covid-19 business loan schemes until the end of March.

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Topics: Covid-19

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