26 August 2021

UPDATED: Government extends remote right to rent checks until 5 April 2022

Covid-adjusted right to rent checks will remain in place until 5 April 2022, when the government will look to introduce a permanent online solution for carrying out right to rent checks remotely for all nationalities.

25 August 2021

Reapit: Is the buy-to-let outlook improving for landlords?

Landlord confidence is on the rise and tenant demand is high. Does this mean a shift towards a more optimistic outlook in the buy-to-let market?

24 August 2021

The Lomond Group partners with Goodlord to protect its landlords and streamline its processes

The Lomond Group is proud to announce that it has partnered with Goodlord to streamline lettings processes across the group's brands.

23 August 2021

Progress lets faster in four steps [+ download a free tenant moving guide]

Letting your tenants know what to expect from the pre-tenancy tenancy process will help them move through it faster. Here are four areas you can advise them on plus a downloadable guide to moving home for your tenants, to help them speed through the rental process.

23 August 2021

Vouch: Is rent control around the corner for London - and the rest of England?

Estate and letting agents and their landlords need to know that the question of rent control is back on the agenda for London - with a template that could be expanded to the rest of England and Wales.

18 August 2021

Student lets yield high rents as university term draws near - Goodlord analysis

An analysis of 5,000 student lets processed through the Goodlord platform between January 2021 and July 2021, shows the student rental market recorded a huge boost in the cost of rent for tenancies that began during July. 

17 August 2021

Your guide to the Fire Safety Act 2021 (England and Wales)

Landlords and letting agents should consider updating their fire risk assessments in advance of the Fire Safety Act 2021 coming into force, to ensure they are compliant for all parts outlined in the new legislation for multi-occupied, residential buildings.

11 August 2021

The furlough scheme is nearly over and rent arrears are high - what now for your tenants?

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has started to wind down - so what levels of arrears will this leave in the aftermath and what financial support is still available for your agency's and landlord's tenants in England, Scotland and Wales?

9 August 2021

UPDATED: Notice periods for rent arrears of less than four months reduced to two months

Notice periods for cases where there are rent arrears of less than four months have reduced to two months in England from 1 August 2021, with the notice period for arrears of more than four months remaining at four weeks.

9 August 2021

How to show your landlords that buy-to-let is still a good investment

With stock levels low for many, it's vital you're able to advise your landlords on why the property market is still a good investment. Build a stronger talk track with these five things you need to know about buy-to-let trends, opportunities, and shifting priorities.

UPDATED: Government extends remote right to rent checks until 5 April 2022

Posted by The Goodlord team on 26 August 2021

The government has extended the end date for Covid-19 adjusted right to rent checks until 5 April 2022, which comes as a result of positive feedback about the ability to conduct checks remotely. The government has now started to review the availability of technology to support a system of digital right to rent checks in the future, with the intention of introducing "a new digital solution to include many who are unable to use the Home Office online checking service, including UK and Irish citizens". This will enable checks to continue to be conducted remotely but with enhanced security.

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Topics: Compliance

Reapit: Is the buy-to-let outlook improving for landlords?

Posted by Tara Sparrow on 25 August 2021

A guest blog by Tara Sparrow, Sales Director of Reapit.

There are an estimated 2.7 million landlords in the Private Rented Sector providing rental accommodation to multiple generations of tenant, a highly vital role in the property market. However, recent years have arguably not been too kind on landlords with landlord confidence hitting record lows under the barrage of regulatory and tax adjustments, as well as the common sentiment that the government simply does not hold their interests at value compared to tenants.

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Topics: Customer experience

The Lomond Group partners with Goodlord to protect its landlords and streamline its processes

Posted by The Goodlord team on 24 August 2021

The Lomond Group is proud to announce that it has partnered with Goodlord to streamline lettings processes across the group's brands, which include Braemore, Stonehouse, Linley & Simpson, Dale Eddison, Thornley Groves, John Shepherd, Brand Vaughan and Michael Jones, and protect its landlords with Goodlord's Rent Protection & Legal Expenses Insurance.

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Topics: Goodlord Group

Progress lets faster in four steps [+ download a free tenant moving guide]

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 23 August 2021

Renting a property is a two-way street. You should be able to answer all your tenant’s questions and prepare them for the tenancy process before you send the offer letter. When you show your expertise and willingness to help - plus share with them a free downloadable guide to the whole process - they’ll have more confidence in you, which will help them decide on the property more quickly and cut down on your landlord’s void period.

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Topics: Customer experience

Vouch: Is rent control around the corner for London - and the rest of England?

Posted by Jaime Tillyer on 23 August 2021

The topic of rent control crops up time and again when low housing stock paired with strong tenant demand pushes up rent prices, so it's no surprise that rumblings about it being reintroduced in London are getting louder.

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Topics: Compliance

Student lets yield high rents as university term draws near - Goodlord analysis

Posted by Toby Burgess-Smith on 18 August 2021

Rental yields on student lets are climbing steadily across England according to a new analysis by Goodlord. In good news for landlords, the upcoming university term, which many students hope will provide a welcome return to normality, looks set to bring the student lettings market back into a period of steady growth. 

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Topics: Data

Your guide to the Fire Safety Act 2021 (England and Wales)

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 17 August 2021

The Fire Safety Act 2021 became law in April 2021 and clarifies which "parts of multi-occupied residential buildings" apply under the the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO) - and therefore who's responsible for maintaining fire safety for these parts. The legislation is expected to come into force by the end of 2021.

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Topics: Compliance

The furlough scheme is nearly over and rent arrears are high - what now for your tenants?

Posted by Oli Sherlock on 11 August 2021

The wind down of the UK-wide Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme signals an end to one of the largest financial support schemes for employees, including tenants, set up during the pandemic in Great Britain - but now the lettings industry is asking what's next.

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Topics: Customer experience

UPDATED: Notice periods for rent arrears of less than four months reduced to two months

Posted by The Goodlord team on 09 August 2021

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.

Notice periods for cases where there are rent arrears of less than four months have reduced to two months in England from 1 August 2021. The notice period for "serious arrears" is four weeks’ notice, with "serious arrears" defined as four or more months of unpaid rent.

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Topics: Covid-19

How to show your landlords that buy-to-let is still a good investment

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 09 August 2021

Predictions on the future of buy-to-let vary greatly. Some say that the sector is thriving and will continue to grow and expand in line with increasing tenant demand. Others say that the weight of legislation and the associated costs are driving landlords out of the market. So what does this all mean for the future of the industry and how can you encourage your landlords to continue to invest?

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Topics: Customer experience

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