24 February 2021

    What negative interest rates could mean for your landlords

    The Bank of England is currently considering the introduction of negative interest rates, to stimulate the economy and encourage more spending. So what would this mean for your landlords - and will their mortgages be free?

    8 February 2021

    Your guide to what the Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space) means to landlords and agents

    The Debt Respite Scheme, or "Breathing Space" law, will come into effect on 4 May 2021 in England and Wales, to "give someone in problem debt the right to legal protections from their creditors" - including tenants.

    18 January 2021

    Three ways to go green in the lettings industry

    The recovery plan for Covid-19 is seen by many as an opportunity to reinforce and boost the UK's commitment to bring its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 - and here are just three ways the housing market can play its part in 2021.

    4 January 2021

    Post-holiday lettings update: Tenant safety as priority

    Covid-19 guidelines for letting agents and landlords, updated with the introduction of a fourth tier and still applicable during the third national lockdown, continue to prioritise tenant safety while reminding agents of tenant protections in place.

    23 November 2020

    The Brexit effect on bank accounts and what this means for non-UK resident landlords

    The end of the year is looming and, with it, the end of the Brexit transition period. Some banks are expecting this to change their ability to operate freely across borders in the European Economic Area, and are already taking steps to close accounts for some of their EU-based customers - including UK landlords living abroad.

    12 October 2020

    Why is open banking important in lettings?

    Open banking has potential applications across many industries - not least in lettings. Here’s how this secure online solution can help estate agents and letting agents.

    28 September 2020

    Why it pays to show understanding and adaptability in lettings

    This agency took an understanding and flexible approach to tenants struggling to pay rent during the pandemic - and has since been rewarded with a nil eviction rate and strong demand.

    9 September 2020

    Prepare your tenants for the pre-tenancy process and progress lets faster with free checklist

    Letting your tenants know what to expect from the pre-tenancy tenancy process will help them move through it faster. Here are three areas you can advise them on plus a downloadable flyer for your tenants, outlining the referencing steps.

    19 August 2020

    How to make the most of the post-lockdown boom in pet ownership

    With the growth in pet ownership since the start of the pandemic, and the revised Model Tenancy Agreement making it easier for tenants to rent with pets, now is the time for your landlords to examine the benefits of allowing pets in their property, to appeal to this growing tenant base.

    12 August 2020

    Local lockdowns: Insights from agents on the ground

    Local lockdowns are the government’s preferred alternative to another nationwide lockdown, but what does this mean for estate and letting agencies? Here’s advice from agents on the ground on how to prepare for a local lockdown.

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    What negative interest rates could mean for your landlords

    Posted by Suzy Lycett on 24 February 2021

     In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Bank of England has advised High Street lenders to start preparing for negative interest rates. It looks unlikely that your landlords' mortgages will be free, or that they'll be paid to borrow the money, in this situation, but some mortgage interest rates have space to drop further.

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    Topics: Business

    Your guide to what the Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space) means to landlords and agents

    Posted by Suzy Lycett on 08 February 2021

    Covid-19 may have left some tenants struggling to pay their rent, and this new law will ensure they have some "breathing space", giving them time to find a way to pay off their debts, from 4 May 2021, in England and Wales.

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    Topics: Covid-19

    Three ways to go green in the lettings industry

    Posted by Suzy Lycett on 18 January 2021

    In 2019, the UK became the first major economy to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050, while 2020 saw calls for tackling climate change to be included in planning for a post-pandemic future. Energy in housing accounts for 14% of total UK emissions, according to the Committee on Climate Change - which means there’ll likely be a strong knock-on effect for rental energy standards to meet net zero goals, with the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards just the beginning. Going green may require investment but there are opportunities to be had.

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    Topics: Business

    Post-holiday lettings update: Tenant safety as priority

    Posted by Suzy Lycett on 04 January 2021

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

    The 2020 holiday period was disrupted by the introduction of Tier 4 Covid-19 measures across much of England, and now 2021 starts with a new national lockdown. The government has confirmed that the lettings industry can continue to operate under these restrictions, and its guidance for home moving emphasises that the safety of tenants should remain the "first priority" for agents and landlords.

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    Topics: Covid-19

    The Brexit effect on bank accounts and what this means for non-UK resident landlords

    Posted by Suzy Lycett on 23 November 2020

    UK banks currently benefit from an EU “passport”, which gives banks licensed in one European Economic Area (EEA) country “the right to conduct business in the EEA based on their home state authorisations” but this is likely to change once the UK officially leaves the EU at the end of 2020.

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    Topics: Business

    Why is open banking important in lettings?

    Posted by Suzy Lycett on 12 October 2020

    The growth in open banking opportunities comes at the right time for letting agents. Landlord costs are rising, with increasing legislation to comply with, changing customer expectations and the impact of the pandemic. Small improvements to the lettings process can go a long way and open banking can offer a more seamless and fast service, to help keep landlords and tenants happy.

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    Topics: Business

    Why it pays to show understanding and adaptability in lettings

    Posted by Suzy Lycett on 28 September 2020

    E Property Agent has been actively listening to its tenants’ needs during the pandemic, to understand their situations and find the best solutions to suit all parties involved, which has helped them avoid tenant evictions in most cases.

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    Topics: Customer experience

    Prepare your tenants for the pre-tenancy process and progress lets faster with free checklist

    Posted by Suzy Lycett on 09 September 2020

    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, 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

    How to make the most of the post-lockdown boom in pet ownership

    Posted by Suzy Lycett on 19 August 2020

    On 28 January 2021, the government updated the Model Tenancy Agreement, to help tenants with "well-behaved pets" to be able to rent a property more easily. The new contracts will allow pets as standard, and landlords will have to object in writing to pet requests from tenants, within 28 days, giving "good reason" for the objection. With the boom in pets during the pandemic, due to people working from home - leading to a puppy shortage and searches for homes allowing pets rising by 109% during lockdown - this opens doors for your landlords to appeal to a new profile of tenant.

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    Topics: Customer experience

    Local lockdowns: Insights from agents on the ground

    Posted by Suzy Lycett on 12 August 2020

    The national lockdown, triggered by Boris Johnson’s announcement on 23 March, was a disruption of varying degrees to businesses up and down the country. Some were more prepared than others in the build-up but, regardless of preparedness, many had to completely change their day-to-day, with a remote-first approach becoming the norm. So what can you expect from a localised lockdown?

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    Topics: Covid-19

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