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.

    26 August 2020

    Agents on the impact of the pandemic on the student lettings market

    The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the student lettings market, disrupting its usually reliable seasonal peaks and troughs for agents throughout the country.

    19 August 2020

    How to make the most of the post-lockdown boom in pet ownership

    Now is the time for your landlords to consider allowing pets and benefit from how much more attractive this makes their property to rent.

    17 August 2020

    Covid-19 and the human side of digital lettings

    Peter Lightfoot, Director of Elevation Lettings, winners of the Best Small Lettings Agent in the UK 2020, writes about the positive developments that his business has seen come out of a difficult period.

    14 August 2020

    How travel restrictions and mandatory quarantine periods could impact your agency

    Agencies need to be aware of restrictions around travel and mandatory quarantine periods to keep their staff and their customers safe from Covid-19.

    12 August 2020

    Local lockdowns: Insights from agents on the ground

    Local lockdowns are the government’s preferred alternative to another nationwide lockdown, but what does this mean for estate and letting agencies? Here’s advice from agents on the ground on how to prepare for a local lockdown.

    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.

    5 August 2020

    Q&A: DAS Legal on employee rights and returning to work

    DAS Law answers key questions about your employees' rights when returning to the workplace, including whether they can refuse to return if they feel it's unsafe, whether they can ask to remain on furlough, and if it's safe for them to return to work if they've recovered from Covid-19.

    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.

    29 July 2020

    Why HMO management is a growth area for lettings agents

    A Chelmsford-based agency is providing consultancy services to agents looking to break into the lucrative HMO (house in multiple occupation) market.

    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

    Agents on the impact of the pandemic on the student lettings market

    Posted by Suzy Lycett on 26 August 2020

    Demand in the student lettings market reflects the ebb and flow of university semesters but is historically strong, and tends to encourage longer 12-month lets. The pandemic and the subsequent closure of universities disrupted this traditional sequence of events, and continues to cause uncertainty as the new term approaches. “Universities are still being very vague,” says Neil Bharakhda, Regional Manager at Leicester-based property management company, Set To Let. “We get the impression that they’re also sceptical about filling course spaces - potentially they may find not enough students to carry out a course for the entire year.”

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    Topics: Covid-19

    How to make the most of the post-lockdown boom in pet ownership

    Posted by Suzy Lycett on 19 August 2020

    At the start of 2020, the government announced plans to update model tenancy contracts, to remove restrictions on well-behaved pets. This was intended to make it easier for landlords and letting agents to offer tenants the chance to keep pets. Fast-forward to mid-2020 and we’re still in the middle of a pandemic. Lockdown meant that many people started working from home, with so many people taking the opportunity to get a new pet that the UK is now facing a puppy shortage. It's no wonder, then, that searches for homes allowing pets rose by 109% during lockdown.

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    Topics: Customer experience

    Covid-19 and the human side of digital lettings

    Posted by Peter Lightfoot on 17 August 2020

    There’s no getting away from the fact that we’ve just been through a few of the strangest and most challenging months of our lives. And it’s not like things are exactly back to normal now. However, we have seen some  positive developments emerge from the  pandemic at Elevation Lettings and within the industry at large.

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    Topics: Covid-19

    How travel restrictions and mandatory quarantine periods could impact your agency

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 14 August 2020

    Continued vigilance in the face of fast-changing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantine periods will be necessary from agencies in the coming months in order to protect their staff and customers alike and help to prevent a second wave of Covid-19 in the UK.

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    Topics: Covid-19

    Local lockdowns: Insights from agents on the ground

    Posted by Suzy Lycett on 12 August 2020

    The national lockdown, triggered by Boris Johnson’s announcement on 23 March, was a disruption of varying degrees to businesses up and down the country. Some were more prepared than others in the build-up but, regardless of preparedness, many had to completely change their day-to-day, with a remote-first approach becoming the norm. So what can you expect from a localised lockdown?

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    Topics: Covid-19

    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: DAS Legal on employee rights and returning to work

    Posted by DAS UK on 05 August 2020

    It is expected that nearly two-thirds of the working population will have returned to work by the end of August, with safety measures put in place to protect them. Nevertheless, many employees may still feel uncomfortable about returning to their workplace. Can an employee refuse to return to work due to fears of contracting Covid-19 and where does the law stand if employees decide to ‘take a stand’? Chloe Williams, Legal Adviser at DAS Law answers key questions around employees returning to work during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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    Topics: Compliance

    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

    Why HMO management is a growth area for lettings agents

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 29 July 2020

    HMO management is an opportunity for letting agencies to drive more revenue, says the director of a lettings agency that’s established itself as an expert in the area. Neil Baldock, who co-founded Chelmsford-based Charles David Casson with his brother, Matthew, says the pair saw a niche in the market for HMO management after the law changed two years ago, which meant all properties with five or more people living in them had to be licensed.  

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    Topics: Business

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