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?

10 February 2021

How one agency drives its strategy with an ethical vision

Revive Property Sales & Lettings was originally a construction and property refurbishment company, focused primarily on social housing, and moved into sales and lettings in 2020 - with a strong ethical vision driving its agency's approach in all areas.

8 February 2021

Your guide to what the Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space) means to landlords and agents [downloadable guide + webinar]

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.

20 January 2021

How helping your landlords manage risk can help your agency grow its reputation and business

Gold Key Lettings feels it has a responsibility as a letting agency to help its landlords avoid risk where possible, through a deep understanding of legislation, in-depth referencing processes, and a strong rent protection policy included in its managed proposition.

18 January 2021

3 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.

13 January 2021

3 tips to help make your new lettings agency a success

This agent made the decision to set up a new lettings agency, Cloverhill Properties, bringing together her in-depth knowledge around relationship building and implementing digital solutions to create an efficient business with unique selling points from the get-go.

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.

8 December 2020

Taking advantage of the Martin & Co network as an independent agency branch

The Chelmsford branch of Martin & Co has found the best way to balance its independence, while benefiting from the support and expertise of the group’s head office and extended franchise network.

25 November 2020

How letting agents can educate and inform to earn their landlords’ trust

Agents who clearly communicate their expertise to landlords and help keep them up to date on what they need to know will find managing relationships between parties, and therefore retaining customers, much easier, as estate and lettings agency Wills & Smerdon has learned.

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.

Suzy Lycett

Suzy Lycett
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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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How one agency drives its strategy with an ethical vision

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 10 February 2021

"We started as a building and refurbishing company eight years ago, mainly for social housing clients," says Paul Rimmer, Managing Director at Revive Property Sales & Lettings. "Along the way, we've identified and refurbished properties for investors and bought and refurbished properties for ourselves. Then, in April last year, we launched our sales and letting business."

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Your guide to what the Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space) means to landlords and agents [downloadable guide + webinar]

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

How helping your landlords manage risk can help your agency grow its reputation and business

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 20 January 2021

“Rent arrears across our current portfolio of 220 properties is at less than 1% because we're vigilant in selecting quality tenants,” says Russ Blockley, Managing Director at Gold Key Lettings. “Once we're conducting a viewing for the applicant, we know that 80% of the vetting has been performed on that applicant during our pre-viewing protocol, for example.”

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3 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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3 tips to help make your new lettings agency a success

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 13 January 2021

How can you differentiate yourself when starting an agency? That’s the question Catrina Merrigan asked herself when setting out to create Cloverhill Properties. With 10 years' experience in the lettings industry, she’s seen what works and what doesn’t. In her new business, she’s applied the best bits.

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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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Taking advantage of the Martin & Co network as an independent agency branch

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 08 December 2020

“Being part of a corporate network as well as having independence as a branch is the best of all worlds,” says John Frost of Martin & Co Chelmsford, a franchisee operating its agency independently while under the branding of the extended Martin & Co network.

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How letting agents can educate and inform to earn their landlords’ trust

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 25 November 2020

“We have been in business since 1933 and like to think of ourselves as the local property experts,” says Sara Grey, Lettings Manager at the Ripley and Horsley-based Wills & Smerdon.

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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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