8 July 2020

More tenants will choose build-to-rent as sector matures

Build-to-rent is the sector is geared towards offering tenants a lifestyle, rather than just a home, according to a lettings manager who specialises in BTR properties for CBRE.

9 June 2020

Pre-tenancy admin "painful" for almost half of property professionals

Pre-tenancy administration is proving time-consuming for many property professionals, with almost half of agents saying it took them more than three hours to complete in a survey of the lettings industry by Goodlord.

1 June 2020

UPDATED: Your guide to the new regulations for Electrical Safety Standards

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 came into force on 1 June 2020 and require five-yearly inspections of electrical installations and inspection reports to be supplied to tenants.

1 June 2020

Your guide to inspections, repairs, and gas safety checks in the post-lockdown period

Letting agents, landlords and contractors can now visit tenants’ homes to carry out a range of essential and non-essential work or maintenance, as long as they are following the guidance on working in people’s homes.

26 May 2020

Tenant Fees Act: Your guide to the end of the transition period

All assured shorthold tenancies, student accommodation, and licences to occupy housing in England will be subject to the Tenant Fees Act from 1 June 2020, regardless of when the tenancy agreement was originally entered into.

18 May 2020

How to maintain social distancing in your agency

Social distancing will mean changes to how staff arrive and leave the office, how they move around the office or work at a desk, during meetings and break times, or interacting with customers.

15 May 2020

How to advise your tenants on looking for a property and moving home during COVID-19

Tenants will need to change the way carry out their property search, arrange flexible contracts, and manage their moves carefully to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

14 May 2020

Managing office visits, viewings, and check-ins while preventing the spread of coronavirus

The restrictions on lettings activity have been lifted, but “this does not represent a return to normality”. Agencies will need to adapt their practices and procedures, from office visits through to check-in.

13 May 2020

How to carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment on your workplace

All employers will need to carry out a risk assessment before reopening their offices to ensure that their employees can work safely during coronavirus.

6 May 2020

New loan scheme to help small businesses 'bounce back' from the pandemic

Small to medium-sized businesses - including many letting agencies - will be eligible to borrow between £2,000 to £50,000 under the government's Bounce Back Loan scheme.

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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More tenants will choose build-to-rent as sector matures

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 08 July 2020

More people will choose to live in build-to-rent (BTR) developments as the sector matures and tenants become more familiar with what’s on offer, thinks Martin Tyson, a lettings manager who specialises in BTR properties for CBRE.

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Topics: Customer experience

Pre-tenancy admin "painful" for almost half of property professionals

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 09 June 2020

Almost half of property professionals describe the process of completing pre-tenancy admin as “painful”, Goodlord found in its State of the Industry survey. Forty percent of respondents said that completing pre-tenancy administration was “somewhat painful” and a further 8% said described it as “very painful”. 

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Topics: Data

UPDATED: Your guide to the new regulations for Electrical Safety Standards

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 01 June 2020

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 came into force on 1 June 2020. The new regulations will apply to new tenancies from 1 July 2020 and to existing tenancies from 1 April 2021. Landlords must have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a person who is “qualified and competent”, at least every five years. Landlords have to provide a copy of the electrical safety report to their tenants, and to their local authority if requested. Breaches of the regulations could result in financial penalties of up to £30,000.

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Topics: Compliance

Your guide to inspections, repairs, and gas safety checks in the post-lockdown period

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 01 June 2020

This article was originally published on 1 June 2020. Although we endeavour to keep our coronavirus (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.

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Topics: Compliance

Tenant Fees Act: Your guide to the end of the transition period

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 26 May 2020

The transition period for the Tenant Fees Act ends on 31 May 2020, which means that from 1 June 2020, all assured shorthold tenancies (ASTs), student accommodation, and licences to occupy housing (including HMOs) in England will be subject to this legislation, regardless of when the tenancy agreement was originally entered into. This means that, from 1 June 2020,  any payment term in a tenancy agreement that’s prohibited by the Tenant Fees Act - even one that was entered into before 1st June 2019 - will not be binding.

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Topics: Compliance

How to maintain social distancing in your agency

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 18 May 2020

This article was published on 18 May 2020. Although we endeavour to keep our coronavirus (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.

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Topics: Covid-19

How to advise your tenants on looking for a property and moving home during COVID-19

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 15 May 2020

This article was published on 15 May 2020. Although we endeavour to keep our coronavirus (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.

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Topics: Covid-19

Managing office visits, viewings, and check-ins while preventing the spread of coronavirus

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 14 May 2020

This article was published on 14 May 2020. Although we endeavour to keep our coronavirus (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.

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Topics: Covid-19

How to carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment on your workplace

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 13 May 2020

The situation with Covid-19 is rapidly changing. For the latest guidelines, please refer to gov.uk.

All agencies must carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment to ensure that their workplace is Covid-secure, following the government guidance on working safely during coronavirus. As part of the risk assessment, you will need to think about the risks your employees and customers could face from Covid-19 and do “everything reasonably practicable” that you can do to minimise these risks.

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Topics: Covid-19

New loan scheme to help small businesses 'bounce back' from the pandemic

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 06 May 2020

The government has launched a new loan scheme to help small and medium-sized businesses, including eligible letting agencies, access finance faster during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Topics: Covid-19

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