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.

4 November 2020

Letting agencies can operate, viewings and house moves can take place during lockdown

Activities in connection with the purchase, sale, letting or rental of a residential property have been made exceptions to the "stay at home" guidance under lockdown legislation.

26 October 2020

Evictions will not be enforced by bailiffs in areas with Tier 2 and Tier 3 restrictions

The justice secretary wrote to bailiffs’ trade associations requesting that they do not carry out evictions in areas under Tier 2 and Tier 3 Covid-19 restrictions.

26 October 2020

Meet the trainer on a mission to make agency qualifications more flexible

A new qualification for estate and letting agents is helping those looking for an alternative approach.

21 October 2020

Home Office introduces online right to rent check service and confirms rules for B5JSSK nationals

Eligible tenants will now be able to prove their right to rent online via the Home Office’s new online checking service or through the "View and Prove" process, while the rules for conducting right to rent checks on B5JSSK nationals arriving via e-passport gates have been clarified.

24 September 2020

Your guide to the latest support for businesses announced in the Winter Economy Plan

New measures to support workers and businesses impacted by Covid-19 over winter include the Job Support Scheme, extensions to loan and grant schemes, and tax payment deferrals.

14 August 2020

How travel restrictions and mandatory quarantine periods could impact your agency

Agencies need to be aware of restrictions around travel and mandatory quarantine periods to keep their staff and their customers safe from Covid-19.

29 July 2020

Why HMO management is a growth area for lettings agents

A Chelmsford-based agency is providing consultancy services to agents looking to break into the lucrative HMO (house in multiple occupation) market.

20 July 2020

UPDATED: How the changes to the possession action process impact existing claims

The government has updated its guidance on possession proceedings during the pandemic and still encourages using mediation where possible to find an alternative solution.

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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

Letting agencies can operate, viewings and house moves can take place during lockdown

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 04 November 2020

This situation is rapidly changing and this article will continue to be updated throughout. For the latest guidelines, please refer to gov.uk.

Letting agencies can continue to operate and viewings and house moves can take place during the second national lockdown, which begins on 5 November and will continue until at least 2 December. Under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020, activities in connection with the purchase, sale, letting or rental of a residential property have been made exceptions to the "stay at home" guidance.

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Topics: Covid-19

Evictions will not be enforced by bailiffs in areas with Tier 2 and Tier 3 restrictions

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 26 October 2020

Bailiffs have agreed not to enforce court orders against tenants living in areas where Tier 2 and Tier 3 Covid-19 restrictions are in place. Eviction proceedings can still take place in the courts.

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Topics: Covid-19

Meet the trainer on a mission to make agency qualifications more flexible

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 26 October 2020

Charlotte Campbell knows that agents aren’t one size fits all and believes agency qualifications shouldn’t be, either. That’s why Charlotte, who is co-hosting a Goodlord webinar on empowering your staff, set up The Able Agent a year ago, to offer an alternative, online training option and qualification for estate and letting agents.

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Topics: Business

Home Office introduces online right to rent check service and confirms rules for B5JSSK nationals

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 21 October 2020

The Landlord’s guide to right to rent checks sets out the details of the Home Office’s online right to rent check service, launched in November 2020, in addition to confirming how visitors from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States with biometric passports (also known as “B5JSSK nationals”) can prove their right to rent. The government has since also announced the "View and Prove" system for EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens.

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Topics: Compliance

Your guide to the latest support for businesses announced in the Winter Economy Plan

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 24 September 2020

This article was published on 24 September 2020. Although we endeavour to keep our Covid-19 content as up to date as possible, the situation is rapidly changing, so please ensure you refer to gov.uk for the latest advice and information.

A six-month Job Support Scheme will be introduced on 1 November to help protect jobs in businesses facing lower demand over winter and provide support after the furlough scheme ends. The new scheme is one of several measures announced by the Chancellor as part of the Winter Economy Plan to support workers and businesses, which includes extending the grant scheme for self-employed workers, tax payment deferrals, extending applications and introducing flexible repayments for the coronavirus loan schemes.

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Topics: Covid-19

How travel restrictions and mandatory quarantine periods could impact your agency

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 14 August 2020

Continued vigilance in the face of fast-changing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantine periods will be necessary from agencies in the coming months in order to protect their staff and customers alike and help to prevent a second wave of Covid-19 in the UK.

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Topics: Covid-19

Why HMO management is a growth area for lettings agents

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 29 July 2020

HMO management is an opportunity for letting agencies to drive more revenue, says the director of a lettings agency that’s established itself as an expert in the area. Neil Baldock, who co-founded Chelmsford-based Charles David Casson with his brother, Matthew, says the pair saw a niche in the market for HMO management after the law changed two years ago, which meant all properties with five or more people living in them had to be licensed.  

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Topics: Business

UPDATED: How the changes to the possession action process impact existing claims

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 20 July 2020

This article was updated on 3 December 2021. Pease ensure you refer to gov.uk for the latest advice and information.

The Government has updated its guidance on possession proceedings during Covid-19. The guidance highlights that, as the ban on evictions has ended and notice periods have reverted to pre-pandemic levels, "all orders can now be enforced where the landlords have a valid warrant of possession." However, bailiffs will still need to provide at least 14 day notice of eviction, and they then won't be able to carry out that eviction if anyone in the house is self isolating in line with government requirements. The bailiffs are prioritising cases according to the date the warrant of possession was issued, with exemptions for cases involving anti-social behaviour or squatting.

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Topics: Covid-19

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