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.

16 October 2020

ARLA Propertymark legal expert says landlords can serve Section 8 notice twice, if needed

Robert Bolwell, Senior Partner at Dutton Gregory, which manages the ARLA Propertymark Legal Helpline, said letting agents and landlords should consider serving a second Section 8 notice if rental arrears accrue to more than six months of missed payments.

6 October 2020

Voids reassuringly steady despite movement in rents - Goodlord Rental Index

Goodlord reveals key figures for the private rented sector for September 2020 based on tenancies processed through our platform, including average rents and voidage periods, in the Goodlord Rental Index.

30 September 2020

1 in 4 tenants concerned about paying the rent, survey of tenants reveals

A quarter of tenants have either missed rental payments, had to make alternative arrangements to pay their rent, or are concerned about paying their rent in the future, found our survey of 2,750 tenants for our State of the Industry Report.

14 September 2020

Optimism about future of lettings increases following pandemic - State of the Industry report

Property professionals are feeling more optimistic about the lettings sector than they were at the outset of 2020, despite the challenges of Covid-19, shows Goodlord's State of the Industry Report for Summer 2020.

7 September 2020

Goodlord and Reapit announce new software integration to further simplify tenancy creation

Goodlord has announced the integration of its award-winning lettings software with Reapit, the industry’s leading property management software provider, to further streamline the lettings process for agents.

4 September 2020

Voids settle but rents on the rise as market starts to steady - Goodlord Rental Index

Goodlord reveals key figures for the private rented sector for August 2020 based on tenancies processed through our platform, including average rents, tenancy lengths, voidage periods and more, in the Goodlord Rental Index.

5 August 2020

Rental market continues to enjoy bumper summer - Goodlord Rental Index

Goodlord reveals key figures for the private rented sector for July 2020 based on tenancies processed through our platform, including average rents, tenancy lengths, voidage periods and more, in the Goodlord Rental Index.

3 August 2020

Q&A: Will lettings or sales win out in the property market?

Costas Frangeskou, Goodlord’s Director of Sales, formerly of Rightmove, and Hamad Al Qubaisi, Lettings Manager at Barrows & Forrester, answer questions about recent changes in the sales and lettings market and what the future holds, including the impact of new legislation and tenant priorities.

20 July 2020

47% of agents say they want more flexibility to work remotely in a Goodlord poll

Almost half of agents want their agencies' cultures to shift to one of increased remote work, found a poll by Goodlord. 

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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

ARLA Propertymark legal expert says landlords can serve Section 8 notice twice, if needed

Posted by The Goodlord team on 16 October 2020

A legal expert for ARLA Propertymark has said letting agents and landlords should consider serving a second Section 8 notice if rental arrears accrue to more than six months of missed payments, even if their original Section 8 has yet to come into force. This is because of a crucial change at the six months of arrears mark, when the notice period for tenants drops from six months to just four weeks.

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Topics: Covid-19

Voids reassuringly steady despite movement in rents - Goodlord Rental Index

Posted by The Goodlord team on 06 October 2020

The latest Rental Index from Goodlord, which analyses over 20,000 UK tenancies each month, has shown a strong picture for the rental market as voids hold steady and rents only drop marginally across the UK. 

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Topics: Data

1 in 4 tenants concerned about paying the rent, survey of tenants reveals

Posted by The Goodlord team on 30 September 2020

A survey of 2,750 UK renters has revealed that huge swathes of tenants are anxious about meeting their rental obligations following the pandemic. Alongside this, large numbers are considering moving to a new property as working from home becomes the norm and financial situations shift, found our tenant survey for our latest State of the Industry Report

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Topics: Data

Optimism about future of lettings increases following pandemic - State of the Industry report

Posted by The Goodlord team on 14 September 2020

After a torrid 8 months, you could forgive the lettings market for feeling wary about the future. However, the latest State of the Industry Report for Summer 2020 from Goodlord paints a very different picture. Our detailed survey of over 350 lettings professionals has revealed that optimism is higher than pre-pandemic levels, with a huge 80% feeling positive about the future.

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Topics: Data

Goodlord and Reapit announce new software integration to further simplify tenancy creation

Posted by The Goodlord team on 07 September 2020

Goodlord is excited to announce that its award-winning lettings software has added Reapit, the industry’s leading property management software provider, to its ever-growing list of integrations, further streamlining the lettings process for agents. Agents can get a first look at the integration in a webinar on 10 September, which is being co-hosted by Reapit CCO Paul Starkey.

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Topics: Goodlord Group

Voids settle but rents on the rise as market starts to steady - Goodlord Rental Index

Posted by The Goodlord team on 04 September 2020

August proved to be another successful month for the lettings market shows the latest Goodlord Rental Index, as demand from students and young professionals continued to fuel the sector. Rents were up by 2% overall, although some regions fared better than others.  Void periods were up by an average of 2 days across the UK compared to July; reflecting an easing of the ‘rush to rent’ which characterised early summer. However, with void periods in most regions still well below their annual average, the market remains strong heading into autumn. 

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Topics: Data

Rental market continues to enjoy bumper summer - Goodlord Rental Index

Posted by The Goodlord team on 05 August 2020

The UK’s rental market continues to go from strength to strength, according to the latest Rental Index from Goodlord, with the ‘summer boom’ continuing throughout July.  The latest data shows rents up and voids dramatically down, as tenants continue to hunt out new leases following months of lockdown-induced delays.

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Topics: Data

Q&A: Will lettings or sales win out in the property market?

Posted by The Goodlord team on 03 August 2020

A lot has changed in the property market in the past few months and the dynamic between sales and lettings has evolved in the wake of the pandemic and ensuing legislative and policy changes. In a recent podcast, Hamad Al Qubaisi, Lettings Manager at Barrows & Forrester, and Goodlord’s Director of Sales, Costas Frangeskou, spoke with Tom Bower, Head of Marketing & Communications at Barrows & Forrester, about these changes and what they see on the horizon. Here’s the breakdown.

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Topics: Business

47% of agents say they want more flexibility to work remotely in a Goodlord poll

Posted by The Goodlord team on 20 July 2020

Only 10% of lettings professionals want to go back to the office on a full-time basis at the end of the pandemic, found a recent poll conducted by Goodlord, which shows that many people have embraced the benefits of working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic. Almost half of poll respondents - 47% - said that would prefer to work from the office only if there was increased flexibility to work from home, while a further 24% said they would prefer to work from home on a part-time basis and 20% said they would prefer to work from home full-time. Although the poll included only a small sample size, the results are likely to reflect shifting views to remote working all over the world as a result of an extended lockdown.

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Topics: Data

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