17 November 2020

    Right to rent checks: a digital future

    Right to rent checks in England moved temporarily online in March 2020 in line with Covid-19 safety measures - and the government has doubled down on this initiative with the introduction of an online platform, in this extract from our e-book, "Your guide to lettings and the law, Vol II".

    16 November 2020

    Landlord Action's Legal Director answers letting agents' questions on the new possession process

    "It's more important now than ever to make sure you get professional advice about the serving of a notice," says Tim Frome, discussing the most recent changes to the possession process as a result of Covid-19.

    13 November 2020

    Analysis of Tier 3 impact on Leicester lettings foreshadows lockdown slump

    Leicester's lettings market in the region saw a spike in activity immediately before restrictions were introduced, followed by a significant slowdown when year on year figures were compared. 

    11 November 2020

    Improving Electrical Safety Standards in the private rented sector

    The introduction of Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 during the pandemic has led to extra safety measures being put in place - and highlighted potential bottlenecks in the process, in this extract from our e-book, "Your guide to lettings and the law, Vol II".

    10 November 2020

    How to start preparing your staff for the regulation of property agents

    Darshan Sunger of Three Oaks is prioritising getting himself - and his staff - qualified now, so they're ready when the Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA) comes into force. He shares advice for other agents starting their journey towards qualification.

    4 November 2020

    How to keep your staff engaged and productive during lockdown and beyond

    Engaged staff are good for business, but how do you make sure your staff stay motivated and productive during lockdown and beyond?

    3 November 2020

    Rents down and voids increase as market cools across UK - Goodlord Rental Index

    October proved a slower month for the UK rental market, with the average cost of rent decreasing and void periods increasing in all regions monitored by Goodlord.

    2 November 2020

    Regulation of Property Agents: Creating a younger industry?

    In this excerpt from our latest e-book, "Your guide to lettings and the law, Vol II", the move towards regulation of estate and letting agents has progressed in 2020, with a consultation on the Code of Practice - and agents are looking ahead to the changes the regulation may bring to the industry.

    20 October 2020

    Goodlord adds facial recognition technology as part of referencing revamp

    Goodlord customers will now be able to use a bank-grade authentication service that uses facial recognition to match photos of applicants to the photo on their ID as part of its revamped referencing service.

    19 October 2020

    ARLA Propertymark Q&A: Managing Covid-19's continued impact on the possession process

    A legal expert for ARLA Propertymark answers letting agents' questions on kickstarting the possession process for stayed cases, how long it could take for cases to be heard, accelerated procedures, notice periods for arrears, and more.

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    Right to rent checks: a digital future

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 17 November 2020

    The English right to rent checks on the immigration status of potential tenants, first introduced in 2016, are mandatory for letting agents and their landlords. Any agents or landlords accepting a tenant who doesn’t have the right to reside in the UK will leave themselves open to prosecution and potential unlimited fines.

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    Topics: Compliance

    Landlord Action's Legal Director answers letting agents' questions on the new possession process

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 16 November 2020

    Landlord Action's Legal Director, Tim Frome, talks to Goodlord's Oli Sherlock about how possession cases are faring since the reopening of the courts, with insights from on the ground for letting agents and landlords who are going through the new process.

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    Topics: Covid-19

    Analysis of Tier 3 impact on Leicester lettings foreshadows lockdown slump

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 13 November 2020

    An analysis of the impact of Tier 3 restrictions on the lettings market in Leicester, which was under extra restrictions for more than 120 days, indicates that the current lockdown could slow the rental market in England despite house moves being permitted under the current lockdown rules. 

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    Topics: Data

    Improving Electrical Safety Standards in the private rented sector

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 11 November 2020

    Since 1 July 2020, landlords and agents in the private rented sector in England have been required to carry out electrical installation inspections and testing on all new tenancies in England under the new Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020. This legislation will extend to include all existing tenancies on 1 April 2021.

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    Topics: Compliance

    How to start preparing your staff for the regulation of property agents

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 10 November 2020

    Regulation is on its way and letting agents need to be prepared. That’s why Darshan Sunger of Three Oaks is prioritising getting his staff qualified now - and why he believes other agencies should be prioritising this too. He talks about how agencies can get ahead of the Regulation of Property Agents with Goodlord’s Costas Frangeskou, with exclusive insights from his experience at Three Oaks.

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    Topics: Compliance

    How to keep your staff engaged and productive during lockdown and beyond

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 04 November 2020

    How do you get the most out of your team? Goodlord's Oli Sherlock, Head of Insurance, and Leah Ellis, Head of People, joined Charlotte Campbell, Director of The Able Agent, to discuss how you can equip your lettings staff to get the best results.

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    Topics: Business

    Rents down and voids increase as market cools across UK - Goodlord Rental Index

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 03 November 2020

    October proved a slower month for the UK rental market, with the average cost of rent decreasing and void periods increasing in all regions monitored in Goodlord's Rental Index.

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    Topics: Data

    Regulation of Property Agents: Creating a younger industry?

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 02 November 2020

    The Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA) was first proposed in 2018, with a working group laying out a new regulatory framework in the RoPA Report, published in July 2019.

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    Topics: Compliance

    Goodlord adds facial recognition technology as part of referencing revamp

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 20 October 2020

    Goodlord has released an enhanced version of its referencing service for letting agents across the UK. Their offering now includes bank-grade facial recognition technology and fully integrated Open Banking capabilities. 

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    ARLA Propertymark Q&A: Managing Covid-19's continued impact on the possession process

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 19 October 2020

    Robert Bolwell, Senior Partner at Dutton Gregory, which manages the ARLA Propertymark Legal Helpline, answered letting agents questions on Covid-19's impact on the possession process in a Goodlord webinar. Click on a question to jump to the answer or watch the webinar on-demand now.

    1. How would you summarise the key changes for people who haven't yet had to use the courts since they reopened?
    2. If you have a case that's been stayed, how do you kick start that process again?
    3. How long will it take for cases to be looked at if there aren’t significant arrears?
    4. When it does mean you're going to be physically in front of a judge if you are pursuing a possession claim together with a claim for rent arrears?
    5. If there aren’t any arrears, do you need to provide a Covid-19 statement with the paperwork or only when requested?
    6. How much notice does the tenant have to give to the landlord's agents?
    7. Do we have to change the wording on section eight notices around the grounds for rent arrears?
    8. What do I do if I've got rent arrears now of five months? Do I serve a notice now for six months’ expiration date or do I wait till they go over the six month mark?
    9. Can you get ahead of the game by submitting a claim to the courts before the notice is expired?
    10. If a section 21 notice has been issued and the tenant has now fallen into a periodic tenancy, and there has been since then a revised TDS certificate. Does that revised certificate somehow revoke the section 21 that happened beforehand?
    11. How could the Tenant Fees Act impact payment plans?
    12. What do you do if you haven't heard a peep out of your tenant? 
    13. What impact do you think Covid-19 might have on the courts if a tenant starts to argue that actually that process has been affecting the tenant?
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    Topics: Covid-19

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