22 July 2020

    Four things to consider when choosing a Rent Protection Insurance policy for your landlords

    Rent guarantee cover has been under scrutiny for its performance during the pandemic. Agents offering this service to their landlords may risk losing the trust of their customers with the wrong policy, so here are four things to consider when making the choice.

    20 July 2020

    UPDATED: How the changes to the possession action process impact new and existing claims

    All claimants are now required to provide the courts with information about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on their tenants as part of the temporary changes to the possession action process.

    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. 

    15 July 2020

    DAS Legal Q&A: What you need to know about the government’s ‘pre-action protocol’

    DAS Law answers key questions about the government's 'pre-action' protocol, including what agents and landlords should consider before initiating any proceedings, what could the pre-action protocol for possession claims based on rent look like, and what to do if you've already served notice.

    15 July 2020

    Why it's important that your agency has a robust referencing process in place

    Tenant referencing can impact whether or not you can retain a tenancy deposit if a tenancy application falls through and could even affect your eligibility for insurance, so it's crucial that you have a robust process in place. 

    13 July 2020

    Goodlord and Vouch to join forces to create new market leader

    Leading property technology company Goodlord has announced that it will be joining forces with referencing platform Vouch, bringing the fast-growing Vouch business into the Goodlord group.

    9 July 2020

    Three takeaways for letting agents from the Chancellor’s summer statement 2020

    The Chancellor's summer statement sets out a plan to boost jobs in the UK economy post-pandemic - and here are three key takeaways for estate and letting agents to consider.

    8 July 2020

    DAS UK + Goodlord: Making the right calls for agents, landlords, and tenants during the Covid-19 crisis

    David Swigciski, Director of Client Services at DAS UK Group and Oli Sherlock, Head of Insurance at Goodlord, reflect on the support they provided for agents, landlords and tenants during the Covid-19 crisis.

    8 July 2020

    More tenants will choose build-to-rent as sector matures

    Build-to-rent is the sector is geared towards offering tenants a lifestyle, rather than just a home, according to a lettings manager who specialises in BTR properties for CBRE.

    6 July 2020

    Four questions to ask potential tenants as summer demand heats up

    Make sure you’re not wasting your agency’s time or money on applicants your referencing provider would advise against with just a few key questions.

    Four things to consider when choosing a Rent Protection Insurance policy for your landlords

    Posted by Oli Sherlock on 22 July 2020

    Rent protection insurance is designed to bring landlords and letting agents peace of mind, covering a loss of income if a tenant’s unable to pay rent. This peace of mind was shaken by the pandemic, and the government’s decision to temporarily pause eviction proceedings until the end of August.

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    Topics: Customer experience

    UPDATED: How the changes to the possession action process impact new and existing claims

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 20 July 2020

    This article was published on 24 September 2020. Although we endeavour to keep our coronavirus (COVID-19) content as up to date as possible, the situation is rapidly changing, so please ensure you refer to gov.uk for the latest advice and information.

    The Government has issued guidance on the temporary changes to possession proceedings, which will remain in place in England and Wales until at least 28 March 2021. The temporary amendment makes several changes to the usual process for possession proceedings, including requiring claimants who wish to resume proceedings to “inform the court and defendant in writing of this after the expiry of the stay in a 'reactivation notice'”. The government warns that many cases have built up during the six-month suspension period and courts are still not operating at their full capacity, which means in most cases it will take longer than eight weeks for claims to be heard. A "winter truce" on evictions also means that no evictions will take place between 11 December 2020 and 11 January 2021.

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    Topics: Covid-19

    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

    DAS Legal Q&A: What you need to know about the government’s ‘pre-action protocol’

    Posted by DAS UK on 15 July 2020

    The government has confirmed its intention to end the "moratorium on evictions" from social or private rented accommodation on 23 August. This means that from 24 August, “the courts will begin to process possession cases again.” When they do, there will be a new ‘pre-action protocol’ that letting agents and landlords will need to comply with.

    There’s already a protocol in place for claims by social landlords which seeks to help parties to work through issues before taking action through the court and it is believed this will be extended to private landlords. The aim of the protocol is to encourage more pre-action contact between the parties, the exchange of information and to avoid litigation. Anthony Di Palma, a solicitor at DAS Law, talks through what this could look like. Note that this is based on limited information available at this moment in time and we await further clarification from the government.

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    Topics: Compliance

    Why it's important that your agency has a robust referencing process in place

    Posted by Suzy Lycett on 15 July 2020

    When taking on a new tenant, your landlord wants to know that their property will be well looked after, and that they’ll receive payments on time and in full - especially when letting to new tenants while the pandemic is still ongoing and causing uncertainty. Referencing checks that your landlord’s tenant will meet these criteria and that they’ll be a suitable fit. A robust referencing process goes even further than this and directly impacts your revenue - making the value of referencing even more pronounced. 

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    Topics: Compliance

    Goodlord and Vouch to join forces to create new market leader

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 13 July 2020

    Goodlord has announced that it will join forces with referencing platform Vouch to create a new market leader, with the fast-growing Vouch business being welcomed into the Goodlord group.

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    Topics: Goodlord

    Three takeaways for letting agents from the Chancellor’s summer statement 2020

    Posted by Suzy Lycett on 09 July 2020

    The Chancellor’s summer statement, ‘A Plan for Jobs 2020', comes as nearly all restrictions from the lockdown have been lifted, and moves us into the “second phase of our economic response” to the pandemic.

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    Topics: Business

    DAS UK + Goodlord: Making the right calls for agents, landlords, and tenants during the Covid-19 crisis

    Posted by Goodlord and DAS UK on 08 July 2020

    In autumn 2019, DAS UK, one of the leading underwriters of landlord legal expenses and rent guarantee products, was excited to announce a new partnership with property technology company Goodlord, one of the rising stars of the UK PropTech scene.

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    Topics: Goodlord

    More tenants will choose build-to-rent as sector matures

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 08 July 2020

    More people will choose to live in build-to-rent (BTR) developments as the sector matures and tenants become more familiar with what’s on offer, thinks Martin Tyson, a lettings manager who specialises in BTR properties for CBRE.

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    Topics: Customer experience

    Four questions to ask potential tenants as summer demand heats up

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 06 July 2020

    The lettings industry is heading into its busiest period of the year. This means it's important to make sure you’re not wasting your agency’s time or money on applicants your referencing provider would advise against. 

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    Topics: Compliance

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