3 November 2021

Your guide to rights and responsibilities for repairs in private rented properties

Whether running regular maintenance or needing to carry out emergency repairs in a property occupied by tenants, here are your landlords' and your letting agency's rights and responsibilities.

3 November 2021

Your guide to keeping private rental properties safe

When managing your landlords' properties, you may be responsible for ensuring certain measures are in place to stay compliant and keep your tenants' safe, including gas, fire, and electrical checks, and energy efficiency inspections.

3 November 2021

3 ways void utility management can boost your agency's bottom line

Agents that use a supplier to offer void management can take control of their agency's bottom line. Here's Rik Smith, resident energy expert and Head of Tenancy Services at Goodlord, to explain how.

2 November 2021

Rents fall and voids cool as market settles ahead of winter - Goodlord Rental Index

The average cost of rent dipped by an average of 8.9% compared to September prices in October, while voids hit the highest averages recorded since May, in Goodlord's latest Rental Index.

1 November 2021

Sean Hooker: Calling all landlords and agents - be smart and save the planet!

In light of net zero goals and the energy crisis, does your agency, its landlords, and its tenants understand the benefits of Smart Meters - and whose responsibility it is to get them installed?

28 October 2021

Renters' Reform Bill: White paper on proposals delayed until 2022 [+ video]

The White Paper on the Renters' Reform Bill, set to include proposals for abolishing Section 21, improving Section 8, and introducing Lifetime Deposits, has been delayed for release until 2022.

27 October 2021

3 key takeaways from the Autumn Budget 2021 for agents and landlords

The Chancellor has announced his Autumn 2021 Budget, which includes investments in housing and business rates relief. Here are three key takeaways for letting and estate agents and landlords.

27 October 2021

What's driving the recent trend in lettings acquisitions? [+ podcast]

It's a time of consolidation in the lettings industry, with frequent agency acquisitions and mergers across the UK as investors see opportunities while smaller agencies feel the bite of legislation, as Abigail Wilks, Head of Lettings & Asset Management at Redbrik, explains.

26 October 2021

When will claims and possession proceeding timelines return to normal?

The claims to repossession process is still taking longer than normal so here's when we can expect these to return to pre-pandemic levels and what your agency can put in place to help your landlords and tenants.

25 October 2021

£65 million Covid-19 fund announced to support tenants struggling to pay rent in England

A new fund of £65 million has been announced in England, to rival those already in place in Scotland and Wales, to support low-income tenants at risk of eviction during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Your guide to rights and responsibilities for repairs in private rented properties

Posted by DAS UK on 03 November 2021

While you have tenants in your landlords' rental properties, you have certain responsibilities to them as their agent and property manager, one of the most important of which is to carry out certain repairs when necessary. Your tenants have the right to live in a property which is safe and in good condition, so you need to ensure that you take action if they contact you over any issues.

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Topics: Compliance

Your guide to keeping private rental properties safe

Posted by DAS UK on 03 November 2021

Being a property manager is not as simple as just letting people move into your landlord's property in exchange for payment. You need to ensure that any property you fully manage and let on your landlords' behalf is safe and in good condition; as a result you have a number of responsibilities to your tenants.

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Topics: Compliance

3 ways void utility management can boost your agency's bottom line

Posted by Rik Smith on 03 November 2021

However well managed a property is, your landlords are likely to see a void period between tenants. Your agency may offer your landlords a void management service, managing their utility switching process, but this is time-consuming to do manually. There are ways to make it a better experience for your agency's administrators and landlords, while improving your agency's bottom line - even while the energy crisis is ongoing.

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Topics: Business

Rents fall and voids cool as market settles ahead of winter - Goodlord Rental Index

Posted by The Goodlord team on 02 November 2021

Following several months of rising rents and falling voids, the latest Rental Index from Goodlord shows that the pace of the market may be cooling as lettings head into winter, but that year-on-year demand remains very high in comparison to 2020 figures.

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Topics: Data

Sean Hooker: Calling all landlords and agents - be smart and save the planet!

Posted by Sean Hooker on 01 November 2021

Sometimes in life there is a conjunction of the planets that means that you are saying the right things at the right time. This was where I found myself on Wednesday 18th October, when I took part in a webinar hosted by Smart Energy on the role of letting agents in helping the roll out of Smart Meters in the private rented sector.

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Topics: Business

Renters' Reform Bill: White paper on proposals delayed until 2022 [+ video]

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 28 October 2021

The White Paper on the Renters' Reform Bill, slated by the government for release in autumn this year, has now been delayed until 2022, according to the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. The Bill reappeared on the government's agenda when it confirmed its intentions to "enhance the rights of those who rent" in the Queen's Speech. In the briefing notes to the speech, the government announced that the White Paper would outline its "reform package" for the private rented sector, which is set to include abolishing Section 21 and the introduction of lifetime deposits - with legislation to follow in due course. In a letter to contributors to the White Paper, the government said the extension would "not only allow us to benefit from continued work with the sector but will also allow us to carefully consider the findings of the National Audit Office’s review of regulation of the sector which is due to report in the coming months". 

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Topics: Compliance

3 key takeaways from the Autumn Budget 2021 for agents and landlords

Posted by The Goodlord team on 27 October 2021

The government has outlined its investment spending plans in the October 2021 Budget and Spending Review, promising to deliver "an economy fit for a new age of optimism." Letting and estate agents should in particular be aware of plans announced to cover investment in housing stock, green homes, and business rate relief initiatives.

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Topics: Business

What's driving the recent trend in lettings acquisitions? [+ podcast]

Posted by Abigail Wilks on 27 October 2021

Acquisitions of estate and letting agencies are cropping up left and right, with a seemingly endless stream of announcements in recent months. This level of activity shows confidence in the future strength of the industry - particularly for lettings - as merger and acquisition (M&A) activity is often seen as a leading economic indicator.

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Topics: Business

When will claims and possession proceeding timelines return to normal?

Posted by Leanne McCarthy on 26 October 2021

The impact of Covid-19 on the lettings industry - from lockdown when movement was limited to an eviction ban and extended notice periods ensuring that tenants stay in their homes - is undeniable. However, the question now to be answered is how long this impact will be felt.

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Topics: Business

£65 million Covid-19 fund announced to support tenants struggling to pay rent in England

Posted by The Goodlord team on 25 October 2021

The Department for Levelling Up has announced a new fund of £65 million to support vulnerable renters struggling to pay their rent in England. Councils will be able to allocate funds throughout the winter months to low income earners on a case by case basis, to "prevent homelessness and support families get back on their feet".

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Topics: Compliance

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