9 November 2020

    New lettings legislation still passing during the pandemic, says Landlord Action’s Legal Director

    Lettings legislation unrelated to Covid-19 has still been passing during the pandemic, says Tim Frome, Landlord Action’s Legal Director, and letting agents and landlords need to keep abreast of changes to Electrical Safety Standards Regulations, right to rent, and Section 21.

    6 November 2020

    Evictions will not be enforced until January 2021, as government increases lockdown protection for tenants

    Evictions will not be enforced by bailiffs until at least 11 January 2021 at the earliest, except for the "most egregious cases" but the courts will remain open during this time.

    5 November 2020

    Furlough scheme extended until the end of March 2021 and new support for businesses announced

    The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 31 March 2021 as part of a new package of measures announced to support businesses, including an extension to mortgage payment holidays.

    4 November 2020

    Letting agencies can operate, viewings and house moves can take place during lockdown

    Activities in connection with the purchase, sale, letting or rental of a residential property have been made exceptions to the "stay at home" guidance under lockdown legislation.

    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.

    28 October 2020

    How to manage the fast-track to digital lettings

    This traditional agency made the decision to jump-start the digitisation of its systems in March - but had to get the business and its customers up to speed more quickly than anticipated when lockdown hit.

    26 October 2020

    Evictions will not be enforced by bailiffs in areas with Tier 2 and Tier 3 restrictions

    The justice secretary wrote to bailiffs’ trade associations requesting that they do not carry out evictions in areas under Tier 2 and Tier 3 Covid-19 restrictions.

    26 October 2020

    Meet the trainer on a mission to make agency qualifications more flexible

    A new qualification for estate and letting agents is helping those looking for an alternative approach.

    New lettings legislation still passing during the pandemic, says Landlord Action’s Legal Director

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 09 November 2020

    “There is legislation that has gone under the radar,” says Tim Frome, Landlord Action’s Legal Director. “Everyone’s aware of the legal issues brought about by the pandemic that people are facing on a day-to-day basis. But the government has still been passing other lettings legislation.”

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    Evictions will not be enforced until January 2021, as government increases lockdown protection for tenants

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 06 November 2020

    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.

    Evictions will not be enforced by bailiffs until 11 January 2021 at the earliest, “except for the most egregious cases such as anti-social behaviour”, and six-month notice periods will remain in place until at least 31 March 2021, the government has confirmed. Before the second national lockdown began, it had previously been announced that evictions would not be enforced by bailiffs in areas under Tier 2 and Tier 3 restrictions.

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    Topics: Covid-19

    Furlough scheme extended until the end of March 2021 and new support for businesses announced

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 05 November 2020

    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 Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 31 March 2021, with furloughed employees to receive 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, as part of a new package of measures announced to support businesses, including an extension to the mortgage payment holiday for homeowners.

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    Topics: Covid-19

    Letting agencies can operate, viewings and house moves can take place during lockdown

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 04 November 2020

    This situation is rapidly changing and this article will continue to be updated throughout. For the latest guidelines, please refer to gov.uk.

    Letting agencies can continue to operate and viewings and house moves can take place during the second national lockdown, which begins on 5 November and will continue until at least 2 December. Under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020, activities in connection with the purchase, sale, letting or rental of a residential property have been made exceptions to the "stay at home" guidance.

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    Topics: Covid-19

    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

    How to manage the fast-track to digital lettings

    Posted by Suzy Lycett on 28 October 2020

    “We're a fairly traditional agency in our approach, and it works. We have real continuity with landlords. They like that we're traditional because they are as well,” says Beverley Myott, one of the directors at County Lettings, a Hertfordshire-based lettings specialist.

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    Topics: Business

    Evictions will not be enforced by bailiffs in areas with Tier 2 and Tier 3 restrictions

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 26 October 2020

    Bailiffs have agreed not to enforce court orders against tenants living in areas where Tier 2 and Tier 3 Covid-19 restrictions are in place. Eviction proceedings can still take place in the courts.

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    Topics: Covid-19

    Meet the trainer on a mission to make agency qualifications more flexible

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 26 October 2020

    Charlotte Campbell knows that agents aren’t one size fits all and believes agency qualifications shouldn’t be, either. That’s why Charlotte, who is co-hosting a Goodlord webinar on empowering your staff, set up The Able Agent a year ago, to offer an alternative, online training option and qualification for estate and letting agents.

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    Topics: Business

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