1 March 2021

    Q&A: What the Debt Respite (Breathing Space) Scheme could mean for letting agents

    Landlord Action's Legal Director, Tim Frome, answers questions about what the Debt Respite (Breathing Space) Scheme could mean for letting agents, landlords, and their tenants.

    22 February 2021

    How to build an agency brand that resonates with your target market

    An effective brand begins with understanding your target audience, says Peter Knight, founder of the Property Academy, in this extract from "How to win more landlords in a challenging environment".

    17 February 2021

    Four ways to help your landlords find the best tenants in the current lettings market

    Tenant housing priorities have shifted as a result of Covid-19 - though demand is still high - which means that letting agents who rethink the way they position their properties could help their landlords find and retain the best tenants in the current market.

    15 February 2021

    UPDATED: Government extends evictions ban until at least 31 March 2021

    The Government has extended the evictions ban in England for a further six weeks, meaning that evictions will not be enforced by bailiffs until 31 March 2021 at the earliest.

    15 February 2021

    ARLA Propertymark's Robert Bolwell answers letting agents' Covid-19 legislation questions

    ARLA Propertymark's Robert Bolwell, Senior Partner at Dutton Gregory, answers questions on the Changes to the evictions process, serving notices and new court processes as a result of Covid-19.

    3 February 2021

    Voids up but rents hold steady during January - Goodlord Rental Index

    Rents are holding steady in the regions monitored by the Goodlord Rental Index, despite the slower pace of lettings at the beginning of the year.

    1 February 2021

    How you can help your landlords navigate new and changing legislation

    Legislation is now one of the key drivers for landlords choosing to take up a letting agent's services. Showing how much you can do for landlords in this area could be the difference between bringing them on as let-only or fully managed, say agents in an extract from Goodlord's e-book "How to win new landlords in a challenging environment".

    25 January 2021

    Christopher Watkin shares his tips for letting agents on winning more landlords

    Christopher Watkin shares why letting agents should use newsletters, blogs, videos, and social media to win more landlords by providing information about their local property market.

    13 January 2021

    Rent arrears of greater than six months exempt from evictions ban - including rent accrued since March 2020

    The guidance for landlords and tenants during Covid-19 has been updated to make serious rent arrears "greater than 6 months' rent" exempt from the extended evictions ban in England - removing the stipulation that rent accrued since the start of the first lockdown in March 2020 could be discounted.

    6 January 2021

    Lettings market remarkably resilient throughout December - Goodlord Rental Index

    The cost of rent saw only minimal change in the regions monitored by Goodlord during December, with average void periods either improving or holding steady.

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    Q&A: What the Debt Respite (Breathing Space) Scheme could mean for letting agents

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 01 March 2021

    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". Landlord Action's Legal Director, Tim Frome, answers questions from Goodlord's Oli Sherlock about what the new scheme could mean for letting agents, landlords, and their tenants.

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    How to build an agency brand that resonates with your target market

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 22 February 2021

    Once you have the building blocks of a winning proposition in place, how do you communicate these to potential landlords? Through your brand. Your brand is a vital component of what will make a landlord pick up the phone and call you when they have a property they need to let. It’s also what could send a house hunter straight to your office or website when they’re in need of a new place to call home. More than just a logo or a slogan, brand is the heartbeat and life force of your business. It’s your agency’s identity and has a major impact on whether customers choose you.

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    Four ways to help your landlords find the best tenants in the current lettings market

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 17 February 2021

    Demand in lettings is still high, but tenant priorities have shifted.  More than half of the tenants surveyed in Goodlord's State of the Industry Report 2020, Vol II think they’ll still be renting in the next five years  - and nearly a third considered moving home due to the pandemic. So how can you show potential and current landlords how you will capture this market by positioning their properties in the best possible light?

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    UPDATED: Government extends evictions ban until at least 31 March 2021

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 15 February 2021

    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 evictions ban in England has been extended for a further six weeks, meaning that evictions will not be enforced by bailiffs until 31 March 2021 at the earliest, with the measures to be "kept under review in line with the latest public health advice". Exceptions remain in place for the most "egregious cases", including illegal occupation, anti-social behaviour and arrears of six months’ rent or more

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    Topics: Covid-19

    ARLA Propertymark's Robert Bolwell answers letting agents' Covid-19 legislation questions

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 15 February 2021

    Covid-19 continues to have a significant impact on lettings legislation. ARLA Propertymark's Robert Bolwell, Senior Partner at Dutton Gregory, joined Goodlord for a webinar to discuss the most recent changes, answer letting agents questions, and talk about what's on the horizon.

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    Topics: Covid-19

    Voids up but rents hold steady during January - Goodlord Rental Index

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 03 February 2021

    The latest lockdown measures appear to have slowed the lettings market somewhat during January, with void periods increasing across the board according to the latest Goodlord Rental Index. However, rents are holding steady despite the slower pace of lettings, and tenants' incomes have improved compared to December. 

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    Topics: Data

    How you can help your landlords navigate new and changing legislation

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 01 February 2021

    Helping landlords navigate new and changing lettings legislation is still one of the most important ways letting agents can support landlords. This year is again going to bring with it myriad legislation changes and will be a key lever letting agencies can pull to win more landlords in a challenging environment.  Most of the Covid-19 legislation changes and initiatives are set to end in the first half of the year, including six-month notice periods and changes to the possession process - better known as the furlough scheme - and the stamp duty holiday.

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    Topics: Customer experience

    Christopher Watkin shares his tips for letting agents on winning more landlords

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 25 January 2021

    What's your plan for winning new landlords in 2021? Christopher Watkin talked to Goodlord's Oli Sherlock in a recent webinar about his advice for agents on their approaches to getting new landlords on their books, with actions that will show you how to give your lettings business an uplift using tried and tested techniques.

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    Topics: Customer experience

    Rent arrears of greater than six months exempt from evictions ban - including rent accrued since March 2020

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 13 January 2021

    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.

    Agents should be aware of an update to the guidance for landlords and tenants during Covid-19, which now states that "serious rent arrears greater than 6 months’ rent" will be exempt from the evictions ban - regardless of when the arrears started to accrue.

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    Topics: Covid-19

    Lettings market remarkably resilient throughout December - Goodlord Rental Index

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 06 January 2021

    The latest figures in the Goodlord Rental Index show that the December rental market held steady, despite pandemic fears heightening during the traditionally slow month for the sector, with improved void periods month on month in most regions, and minimal change in rental prices.

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    Topics: Data

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