19 October 2021

New government strategy announced for decarbonising homes in England and Wales

The government announced details of the Heat and Buildings Strategy in its Net Zero Strategy: Build Back Greener policy paper, encouraging homeowners in England to move to low carbon heating such as heat pumps - plus shares when a response is expected for the consultation on raising Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards.

18 October 2021

What are your landlords' legal obligations for allowing pets in lets?

In January 2021, the government revised the model agreements in England for a shorthold assured tenancy to include a new clause on pets in rental properties - and a push to encourage "pets in lets" is gaining traction.

5 October 2021

How a high EPC rating and rising energy prices could make your landlord's property more attractive

With energy prices rising and a proposed increase to the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards on the horizon, now could be the time for your agency's landlords to meet their tenants' demand for an energy efficient home - and their future compliance obligations.

23 August 2021

Progress lets faster in four steps [+ download a free tenant moving guide]

Letting your tenants know what to expect from the pre-tenancy tenancy process will help them move through it faster. Here are four areas you can advise them on plus a downloadable guide to moving home for your tenants, to help them speed through the rental process.

17 August 2021

Your guide to the Fire Safety Act 2021 (England and Wales)

Landlords and letting agents should consider updating their fire risk assessments in advance of the Fire Safety Act 2021 coming into force, to ensure they are compliant for all parts outlined in the new legislation for multi-occupied, residential buildings.

9 August 2021

How to show your landlords that buy-to-let is still a good investment

With stock levels low for many, it's vital you're able to advise your landlords on why the property market is still a good investment. Build a stronger talk track with these five things you need to know about buy-to-let trends, opportunities, and shifting priorities.

26 July 2021

Letting a property in England, Scotland, and Wales: the key legislative differences your agency needs to know

Lettings laws and regulations vary across the borders for agents, landlords, and tenants in England, Scotland, and Wales. Here's a breakdown of what you need to know.

21 July 2021

Why your relationship with tenants could be the key to attracting more landlords

Landlords want to know that they're working with the best estate and letting agents to help them deal with renting their property and looking after their tenants - so make your agency stand out in the market by boosting your standing with tenants through good property management.

7 July 2021

Get to know your local job market to understand tenant and landlord trends, says this agency

Property consultancy Bidwells has been in the Cambridge rental market for over 100 years, and has a strong understanding of how the job market for their tenants affects lettings and property investment for their landlords in the area.

30 June 2021

How to match the right tenant with the right property - and save everyone's time

Buttercross Estates believes that advising applicants to keep an open mind while fully understanding their requirements is the best approach to help get the right candidates to the referencing stage more quickly, saving letting agents, landlords, and tenants time.

Suzy Lycett

Suzy Lycett
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New government strategy announced for decarbonising homes in England and Wales

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 19 October 2021

The government has outlined £3.9 billion of new funding in its Heat and Buildings Strategy, detailed in the Net Zero Strategy: Build Back Greener policy paper, to support decarbonisation efforts in England and Wales between 2022 and 2025. The strategy prioritises plans to incentivise the installation of low-carbon heating systems such as electric heat pumps, replacing old gas boilers in a "simple, fair and cheap way". The end goal is to reduce the UK's dependence on fossil fuels and avoid exposure to "volatile global gas prices" such as those behind the current energy crisis - all by 2035. The plans also support its previous proposals to increase Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards by 2028 in Private Rented Homes.

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Topics: Compliance

What are your landlords' legal obligations for allowing pets in lets?

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 18 October 2021

The model agreement for a shorthold assured tenancy provided by the government now has a clause on the topic of tenant pet ownership, in a move that aims to create more flexibility for tenants looking to rent a property with a pet. This sits alongside proposed bills to support "pets in lets" - and comes off the back of a 120% increase in demand for pet-friendly rental properties. 

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Topics: Compliance

How a high EPC rating and rising energy prices could make your landlord's property more attractive

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 05 October 2021

The pandemic has shown that in the midst of a crisis, there are opportunities out there for businesses flexible and agile enough to spot them and act quickly. The energy crisis is no different. Estate and letting agents can help support their tenants and landlords and ensure that properties stand out by leaning on the growing necessity to offer a green and energy efficient home - and by sharing the resources available in our energy crisis hub.

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Topics: Customer experience

Progress lets faster in four steps [+ download a free tenant moving guide]

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 23 August 2021

Renting a property is a two-way street. You should be able to answer all your tenant’s questions and prepare them for the tenancy process before you send the offer letter. When you show your expertise and willingness to help - plus share with them a free downloadable guide to the whole process - they’ll have more confidence in you, which will help them decide on the property more quickly and cut down on your landlord’s void period.

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Topics: Customer experience

Your guide to the Fire Safety Act 2021 (England and Wales)

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 17 August 2021

The Fire Safety Act 2021 became law in April 2021 and clarifies which "parts of multi-occupied residential buildings" apply under the the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO) - and therefore who's responsible for maintaining fire safety for these parts. The legislation is expected to come into force by the end of 2021.

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Topics: Compliance

How to show your landlords that buy-to-let is still a good investment

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 09 August 2021

Predictions on the future of buy-to-let vary greatly. Some say that the sector is thriving and will continue to grow and expand in line with increasing tenant demand. Others say that the weight of legislation and the associated costs are driving landlords out of the market. So what does this all mean for the future of the industry and how can you encourage your landlords to continue to invest?

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Topics: Customer experience

Letting a property in England, Scotland, and Wales: the key legislative differences your agency needs to know

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 26 July 2021

The rights and responsibilities of letting and estate agents, landlords, and tenants in the private rented sector across England, Scotland, and Wales vary as they can be decided at the level of each devolved government - and therefore the legislation and regulations differ too across Great Britain. So what should your agency consider when renting out your landlords' properties?

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Topics: Compliance

Why your relationship with tenants could be the key to attracting more landlords

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 21 July 2021

Property management is a relationship. When it’s done right, everyone benefits. The tenant has a good experience and so will want to stay in the property for longer; your landlords know that they’ll have less hassle and shorter void periods; and your agency can earn more and attract new landlords through that professional profile.

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Topics: Customer experience

Get to know your local job market to understand tenant and landlord trends, says this agency

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 07 July 2021

"Our agency has been in Cambridge for over 100 years and so has a strong
understanding of the market - and how it's changed over the years," says Alex Bloxham, Partner and Head of Residential Lettings at Bidwells. "It's important that we know what's current and topical and plan ahead."

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Topics: Customer experience

How to match the right tenant with the right property - and save everyone's time

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 30 June 2021

"It's better to get a good tenant than any tenant," says Abi Friar, Portfolio Manager at the Nottinghamshire-based Buttercross Estates. "We ask everybody to apply with no obligation to pay a penny until the landlord actually says, yes, we would like to reference you."

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Topics: Customer experience

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