14 December 2020

    Lifetime deposits: Shaking up the system

    It's a year on from the Queen's speech outlining the Renter’s Reform Bill, including lifetime deposits. Here's an extract from our latest e-book, Your guide to lettings and the law, Vol II, to look at the sentiment around this deposit passporting concept.

    10 December 2020

    Goodlord & DAS UK Group win "Claims Partner of the Year" at Insurance Times Awards

    Goodlord and DAS UK Group jointly won "Claims Partner of the Year" at the 2020 Insurance Times Awards, recognising their market-leading Rent Protection & Legal Expenses Insurance policy which ensured that landlords, agents and tenants stayed protected throughout the pandemic.

    10 December 2020

    How the lettings landscape has changed and why insurance will be important to your proposition in 2021

    Goodlord’s Head of Insurance, Oli Sherlock, discusses how Rent Protection Insurance could help letting agents strengthen their offering to landlords in 2021.

    9 December 2020

    Taking advantage of the Martin & Co network as an independent agency branch

    The Chelmsford branch of Martin & Co has found the best way to balance its independence, while benefiting from the support and expertise of the group’s head office and extended franchise network.

    7 December 2020

    Lockdown, lettings, and looking ahead to 2021: Q&A with Andrews and LiFE Residential

    How prepared is your agency for 2021? Andrews and LiFE Residential discuss the continued impact of Covid-19, how Brexit could impact the lettings industry, and what's in store for the year ahead.

    2 December 2020

    Rents drop in November as lockdown slows UK lettings market - Goodlord Rental Index

    The cost of rent dropped in every region monitored by Goodlord during November, with void periods edging up in most regions.

    1 December 2020

    Why referencing is more important than ever before

    Vouch’s Jaime Tillyer shares her insights and expertise on tenant referencing, and why a robust service is more important than ever for letting agents and their landlords.

    30 November 2020

    Your guide to the proposals to extend regulations on domestic smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

    The proposals include requiring social landlords to ensure at least one smoke alarm is installed on each storey of buildings; requiring carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted alongside the installation of fixed combustion appliances; and requiring private and social landlords to install carbon monoxide alarms in any room where a fixed combustion appliance is used.

    25 November 2020

    How letting agents can educate and inform to earn their landlords’ trust

    Agents who clearly communicate their expertise to landlords and help keep them up to date on what they need to know will find managing relationships between parties, and therefore retaining customers, much easier, as estate and lettings agency Wills & Smerdon has learned.

    23 November 2020

    Tougher rules for businesses not following COVID-secure guidance when English lockdown ends

    Local authorities will have greater powers to enforce compliance on businesses operating in an unsafe way, including financial penalties, when England returns to tiered restrictions on 2 December 2020.

    Lifetime deposits: Shaking up the system

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 14 December 2020

    At the end of 2019, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said “The costs of deposits make it harder [for tenants] to move. We are going to fix that.” A solution was outlined in the Renter’s Reform Bill during the Queen’s Speech in December 2019 - lifetime deposits.

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    Topics: Compliance

    Goodlord & DAS UK Group win "Claims Partner of the Year" at Insurance Times Awards

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 10 December 2020

    Goodlord and DAS UK Group have been jointly awarded "Claims Partner of the Year" at the 2020 Insurance Times Awards. The accolade recognises their market-leading Rent Protection & Legal Expenses Insurance policy.

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    Topics: Goodlord

    How the lettings landscape has changed and why insurance will be important to your proposition in 2021

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 10 December 2020

    Rent Protection Insurance has never been a more crucial component of a letting agency's landlord proposition than it has been this year, providing landlords with the security of income in an environment of uncertainty. Now, it’s more important than ever that letting agents are offering their landlords this protection as part of a comprehensive proposition. Goodlord’s Head of Insurance, Oli Sherlock, answers questions about how the market has changed in 2020 and how Rent Protection Insurance can help you strengthen your offering to landlords in 2021.

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    Topics: Business

    Taking advantage of the Martin & Co network as an independent agency branch

    Posted by Suzy Lycett on 09 December 2020

    “Being part of a corporate network as well as having independence as a branch is the best of all worlds,” says John Frost of Martin & Co Chelmsford, a franchisee operating its agency independently while under the branding of the extended Martin & Co network.

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    Topics: Business

    Lockdown, lettings, and looking ahead to 2021: Q&A with Andrews and LiFE Residential

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 07 December 2020

    Covid-19 completely disrupted the plans of many businesses this year and will continue to have an impact on the global economy until the vaccine is rolled out. At the same time, an uncertain Brexit remains just around the corner. Ellie Donaghy, Head of Lettings at Andrews, and Jonathan Werth, Managing Director at LiFE Residential, joined Goodlord to discuss a challenging year and how they're preparing for 2021.🎧

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    Topics: Business

    Rents drop in November as lockdown slows UK lettings market - Goodlord Rental Index

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 02 December 2020

    The latest Goodlord Rental Index shows a subdued rental market during November, thanks to the country-wide lockdown. Rents were down and voids were up, with the average income of tenants also starting to slide. However, the market picked up speed again during the last week of November, with renewed activity sparking an above average rate of new applications during a traditionally quiet period for the market. 

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    Topics: Data

    Why referencing is more important than ever before

    Posted by Jaime Tillyer on 01 December 2020

    Tenant referencing is hugely important in the pre-tenancy process for landlords and letting agents - at any time and not just in the current uncertain circumstances. However, it’s come to the fore now for a number of reasons.

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    Topics: Business

    Your guide to the proposals to extend regulations on domestic smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 30 November 2020

    Consultation is now open on the government’s proposals to extend regulations on domestic smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in both social and private rented accommodation. The proposals include requiring social landlords to ensure at least one smoke alarm is installed on each storey of a building where any rooms are used as living accommodation; requiring carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted alongside the installation of fixed combustion appliances of any fuel type; and requiring private and social landlords to install carbon monoxide alarms in any room used as living accommodation where a fixed combustion appliance is used. The consultation will be open until 11 January 2021.

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    Topics: Compliance

    How letting agents can educate and inform to earn their landlords’ trust

    Posted by Suzy Lycett on 25 November 2020

    “We have been in business since 1933 and like to think of ourselves as the local property experts,” says Sara Grey, Lettings Manager at the Ripley and Horsley-based Wills & Smerdon.

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    Topics: Business

    Tougher rules for businesses not following COVID-secure guidance when English lockdown ends

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 23 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 Government has announced that England will be moving back into a system of tiered restrictions as part of its “Covid-19 Winter Plan” for when the second national lockdown ends on 2 December. Although the restrictions will be “tougher” than they were in October, it currently appears that the lettings industry will be able to continue operating as it has during the lockdown, with “moving home” listed as being exempt from the restrictions on gatherings at every tier. Courts will also remain open at every tier.

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    Topics: Covid-19

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