24 November 2021

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

The government has confirmed an extension to the regulations for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, which will include requiring landlords to install a smoke alarm in social rented homes, and private and social landlords to install carbon monoxide alarms in any room where a fixed combustion appliance is used.

8 November 2021

Your guide to the proposals to increase the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

The Minimum Energy Performance of Buildings bill to increase the minimum energy efficiency standards for private rented properties to EPC Band C on new tenancies by 2028 is awaiting a second reading in the House of Lords - while an EPC action plan has been published to support these recommendations.

28 October 2021

Renters' Reform Bill: White paper on proposals delayed until 2022 [+ video]

The White Paper on the Renters' Reform Bill, set to include proposals for abolishing Section 21, improving Section 8, and introducing Lifetime Deposits, has been delayed for release until 2022.

1 October 2021

Furlough: The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends for 1.6M employees - what's next?

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has now ended, bringing to a close the government's largest single piece of financial support of employees and employers during the pandemic. Your agency and your landlords should be aware of the potential impact this may have on your tenants.

10 September 2021

Notice periods return to pre-pandemic levels in England with new Section 21 and 8 forms required

After more than 18 months of disruption, notice periods have reverted to their pre-pandemic levels from 1 October 2021, with new versions of Section 21 and Section 8 notice forms for agents and landlords.

8 September 2021

Christopher Watkin: 3 ways to win more instructions from landlords when stock is low

Provide landlords with valuable information on the property market to gain their trust and you'll reap the rewards over time, says Christopher Watkin.

14 June 2021

4 questions to ask potential tenants as lettings demand heats up [+ free referencing checklist]

Demand is growing as we head into the traditionally busy summer months for lettings and you can make sure you’re not wasting your landlords' or agency’s time or money on applicants your referencing provider would advise against with just a few key questions.

9 June 2021

Right to rent: Government confirms new process for EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens after 30 June 2021

EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens will need to use the government's new "View and Prove" online service to demonstrate their right to rent in England after 30 June 2021.

7 June 2021

Deadline approaching for agencies subject to anti-money laundering legislation

Lettings businesses that are subject to money laundering legislation need to register with HMRC by 10 June, or risk a penalty, in addition to carrying out a risk assessment and customer due diligence to be compliant with The Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) Regulations 2019.

18 May 2021

6 ways to increase your lettings agency's profits

Letting agents wanting to grow their businesses profits could benefit from these six tips from Agent Rainmaker’s Sally Lawson, CEO and Founder, and Kate Gregory, Chief Customer Officer.

Andrea Warmington

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

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 24 November 2021

Following a consultation on the government’s proposals to extend regulations on domestic smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in both social and private rented accommodation, the government has now confirmed its plans amend the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015. The new regulations will make smoke alarms mandatory in all social rented homes, carbon monoxide alarms will need to be fitted in all rented properties with gas boilers or fires and in all rooms with a fixed combustion device - plus all landlords will be required to fix faulty alarms once informed of any issue.

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Topics: Compliance

Your guide to the proposals to increase the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 08 November 2021

The government wants to raise the minimum energy efficiency standards to EPC Band C by 2025 for new tenancies in private rented homes and by 2028 for all tenancies to improve the overall energy performance of the private rented sector in England and Wales. The consultation on the proposals ran until 8 January 2021 and they feature in the Minimum Energy Performance of Buildings bill, which is now awaiting its second reading in the House of Lords. In line with the consultation, the government has announced a plan of action for how to improve the use and performance of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), which includes updating the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 (EPB Regulations) in 2022.

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Topics: Compliance

Renters' Reform Bill: White paper on proposals delayed until 2022 [+ video]

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 28 October 2021

The White Paper on the Renters' Reform Bill, slated by the government for release in autumn this year, has now been delayed until 2022, according to the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. The Bill reappeared on the government's agenda when it confirmed its intentions to "enhance the rights of those who rent" in the Queen's Speech. In the briefing notes to the speech, the government announced that the White Paper would outline its "reform package" for the private rented sector, which is set to include abolishing Section 21 and the introduction of lifetime deposits - with legislation to follow in due course. In a letter to contributors to the White Paper, the government said the extension would "not only allow us to benefit from continued work with the sector but will also allow us to carefully consider the findings of the National Audit Office’s review of regulation of the sector which is due to report in the coming months". 

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Topics: Compliance

Furlough: The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends for 1.6M employees - what's next?

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 01 October 2021

The government's furlough scheme has now ended, cutting off support for the 1.6 million staff members still on furlough across 484,000 employers as of 31 July 2021. Throughout its life, 11.6 million jobs were supported by the scheme at a cost of more than £68 billion in total - a large sum for businesses to compensate for in the coming months if they are still feeling the bite of the pandemic.

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Topics: Compliance

Notice periods return to pre-pandemic levels in England with new Section 21 and 8 forms required

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 10 September 2021

Notice periods in England had been set at four-months in all but the most serious cases since June 2021, but have now returned to normal levels. In Wales, extended notice periods of six months will still apply until 31 December 2021, and in Scotland six month notice periods will last until 31 March 2022 - both with some exceptions. With a backlog of cases to be heard, the Chancellor also announced £324 million of funding for the courts over the next three years in his Autumn Budget 2021, to help alleviate this pressure on the system and speed up the claim to repossession process.

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Topics: Covid-19

Christopher Watkin: 3 ways to win more instructions from landlords when stock is low

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 08 September 2021

Christopher Watkin is the lettings industry's biggest advocate for content marketing, advising letting agents to create articles, reports, videos, and more in order to reach new landlords. "If you try and go out there and sell stuff to people, they get switched off, so why don't you actually give them something which is of interest?" Watkin shared suggestions for letting agents looking to try this approach in an on-demand Goodlord webinar. Read on for his top tips or watch the full webinar on demand now.

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Topics: Business

4 questions to ask potential tenants as lettings demand heats up [+ free referencing checklist]

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 14 June 2021

Demand in lettings has been gradually building in recent months - and shows no sign of abating as we head into the summer, with rents currently high and voids low across England according to Goodlord's Rental Index. This means it's important to make sure you’re not wasting your agency’s time or money on applicants your referencing provider would advise against. 

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Topics: Compliance

Right to rent: Government confirms new process for EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens after 30 June 2021

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 09 June 2021

The government has confirmed how landlords and letting agents will check the right to rent status of EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens after 30 June 2021, many of whom will no longer be able to physically document their right to rent in England after this date. Citizens from the EU, EEA, and Switzerland who have successfully applied to the EU Settlement Scheme or for a UK visa will need to use the government's new "View and Prove" online service to share their right to rent status with landlords and letting agents. 

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Topics: Compliance

Deadline approaching for agencies subject to anti-money laundering legislation

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 07 June 2021

Estate and letting agents who receive rent payments equivalent to €10,000 or more per month for a property have been subject to anti-money laundering legislation - the Fifth Money Laundering Directive which falls under The Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) Regulations 2019 - since 10January 2020. To remain compliant, agencies that fall into this category must also register with HMRC by 10 June 2021.

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Topics: Compliance

6 ways to increase your lettings agency's profits

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 18 May 2021

New approaches to lead generation, increasing your managed fees, and adding a VIP category to your service offerings are just some of the ways that letting agencies could increase their profits, said Agent Rainmaker’s Sally Lawson, CEO and Founder, and Kate Gregory, Chief Customer Officer, in a Goodlord webinar. Here are six ways they suggest letting agents could improve their bottom line.

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Topics: Business

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