28 July 2021

How to choose the right rental payment method to help your agency get paid on time

There are many ways for your tenants to pay their rent. Some are faster and more efficient than others. Here's what you need to know to help you decide what's the best process for your agency and to encourage your tenants to use your preferred method - so you get paid on time.

26 July 2021

Letting a property in England, Scotland, and Wales: the key legislative differences your agency needs to know

Lettings laws and regulations vary across the borders for agents, landlords, and tenants in England, Scotland, and Wales. Here's a breakdown of what you need to know.

21 July 2021

Why your relationship with tenants could be the key to attracting more landlords

Landlords want to know that they're working with the best estate and letting agents to help them deal with renting their property and looking after their tenants - so make your agency stand out in the market by boosting your standing with tenants through good property management.

19 July 2021

Reapit: 4 challenges and opportunities your landlords face, from rent arrears to buy to let

The evolution of rent arrears, the impact of the eviction ban, and the outlook for buy to let are just some of the challenges and opportunities that your landlords are currently facing. Here's a breakdown of what the future may hold for your landlords and, therefore, your agency.

19 July 2021

Your guide to the proposals to increase the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

The new Minimum Energy Performance of Buildings bill to increase the minimum energy efficiency standards for private rented properties to EPC Band C on new tenancies by 2028 will be introduced in both Houses of Parliament this week. Recent surveys show the sector is already moving in the right direction - but it could be a costly target to reach for landlords.

14 July 2021

Vouch: The strengths and limitations of the new right to rent checking process

The new right to rent check process for EU, EEA, and Swiss tenants has been in place for agents and landlords since 1 July, helping them to take their applicants' immigration statuses into consideration through an online check - which comes with positives and negatives.

12 July 2021

3 ways to make the most of the post-stamp duty holiday spike in lettings

Tenant demand is traditionally high in the summer and, with lockdown creating pent-up demand from renters and the stamp duty holiday over, summer 2021 promises to be a big one. Here are three ways to make the most of the increased demand in the coming months.

7 July 2021

Get to know your local job market to understand tenant and landlord trends, says this agency

Property consultancy Bidwells has been in the Cambridge rental market for over 100 years, and has a strong understanding of how the job market for their tenants affects lettings and property investment for their landlords in the area.

7 July 2021

Vouch and Goodlord integrate their technology to bring customers more flexibility and choice

Referencing solutions provider Vouch and lettings platform Goodlord have fully integrated their technologies, bringing their customers more flexibility and giving them access to more lettings and referencing solutions than ever before.

5 July 2021

Right to rent Q&A with David Smith of JMW Solicitors

David Smith, Partner at JMW Solicitors LLP, answers letting agents' questions on right to rent, from the changes to the process for EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens to the requirements when "Covid-adjusted" checks end.

How to choose the right rental payment method to help your agency get paid on time

Posted by Ali Venerandi on 28 July 2021

Rent is probably one of the largest transactions that your tenants make each month - and the recurring way that it's paid is equivalent to a very expensive subscription. Like all subscriptions, you want to receive the right amount on time and to be able to easily track when it has been paid.

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Topics: Business

Letting a property in England, Scotland, and Wales: the key legislative differences your agency needs to know

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 26 July 2021

The rights and responsibilities of letting and estate agents, landlords, and tenants in the private rented sector across England, Scotland, and Wales vary as they can be decided at the level of each devolved government - and therefore the legislation and regulations differ too across Great Britain. So what should your agency consider when renting out your landlords' properties?

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Topics: Compliance

Why your relationship with tenants could be the key to attracting more landlords

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 21 July 2021

Property management is a relationship. When it’s done right, everyone benefits. The tenant has a good experience and so will want to stay in the property for longer; your landlords know that they’ll have less hassle and shorter void periods; and your agency can earn more and attract new landlords through that professional profile.

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Topics: Customer experience

Reapit: 4 challenges and opportunities your landlords face, from rent arrears to buy to let

Posted by Tara Sparrow on 19 July 2021

A guest blog by Tara Sparrow, Sales Director of Reapit.

The lettings industry was forced into significant turmoil at the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020. With lockdown and the forced closure or restricted operations of business across the spectrum, many renters were faced with a reduction or even a complete loss of their income. The impact was twofold: firstly, many tenants struggled to pay their rent; and secondly, landlords subsequently faced substantial rent arrears of which many are struggling to recoup today - but there are some positive trends on the horizon.

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Topics: Customer experience

Your guide to the proposals to increase the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 19 July 2021

The government wants to raise the minimum energy efficiency standards to EPC Band C by 2025 for new tenancies in private rented homes and by 2028 for all tenancies to improve the overall energy performance of the private rented sector in England and Wales, through the Minimum Energy Performance of Buildings bill which will be introduced in the Houses of Parliament in the week commencing 19 June 2021. The consultation on the proposals ran until 8 January 2021.

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Topics: Compliance

Vouch: The strengths and limitations of the new right to rent checking process

Posted by Jaime Tillyer on 14 July 2021

In England, there's a new right to rent checking process for EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens, which has been mandatory since 1 July 2021. After months of waiting to hear what the new process would be, it's good to now have a definitive answer. It makes the checks less subjective for agents and will hopefully give agents more confidence with the simple yes or no response.

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Topics: Compliance

3 ways to make the most of the post-stamp duty holiday spike in lettings

Posted by The Goodlord team on 12 July 2021

As the UK summer heats up, so does a letting agent’s diary, and the traditional spike in lettings can make or break the profitability for some agencies. With the stamp duty holiday over or starting to wind down in England, Scotland, and Wales, many agents around the UK will have more time to turn their attention to the lettings side of the business, where we're seeing heightened demand.

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Topics: Business

Get to know your local job market to understand tenant and landlord trends, says this agency

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 07 July 2021

"Our agency has been in Cambridge for over 100 years and so has a strong
understanding of the market - and how it's changed over the years," says Alex Bloxham, Partner and Head of Residential Lettings at Bidwells. "It's important that we know what's current and topical and plan ahead."

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Topics: Customer experience

Vouch and Goodlord integrate their technology to bring customers more flexibility and choice

Posted by The Goodlord team on 07 July 2021

Referencing solutions provider Vouch and lettings platform Goodlord have announced that their technology and services are now fully integrated, meaning customers of either platform can benefit from a pooled range of lettings software and services.

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Topics: Goodlord Group

Right to rent Q&A with David Smith of JMW Solicitors

Posted by The Goodlord team on 05 July 2021
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Topics: Compliance

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