17 May 2021

Section 21: Your guide to the proposed changes to evictions

The Government has announced it will reveal its plans to abolish Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 under the Renters' Reform Bill in late 2021, including the results of its consultation.

17 May 2021

Section 8: Your guide to the proposed changes

The Government's key proposals for strengthening Section 8 when Section 21 is abolished include improving or widening the current grounds for repossession, including when a landlord wants to sell a property and if their family members want to move into a property.

17 May 2021

What’s going on with the build-to-rent sector?

The build-to-rent sector is growing in popularity, both for investors and tenants. Here's Paul Starkey, Chief Commercial Officer at Reapit, to set the scene and explain how the sector has evolved in recent times.

17 May 2021

Renters' Reform Bill: Government confirms intention to introduce lifetime deposits

"Lifetime deposits" or "deposit passporting" looks set to become a reality under the Government's Renters' Reform Bill, with the proposals to be outlined in late 2021, but there are a number of operational and financial issues that would need to be resolved before they are introduced.

12 May 2021

UPDATED: Eviction ban to end on 31 May 2021 and notice periods to be reduced to four months

The government has confirmed that the evictions ban will end on 31 May 2021 and from 1 June, notice periods - which had previously been extended to six months - will be set at four months.

12 May 2021

How your agency can use data to instruct more landlords

Data can help make estate and letting agents more efficient, demonstrate the concrete value that you bring to your customers, and help you make more informed decisions for your business.

11 May 2021

Renters' Reform Bill: Queen's Speech confirms government's intention to "enhance the rights of those who rent"

The Queen's Speech confirmed that the Renters' Reform Bill is back on the agenda for 2021, with consultation response on the proposals, announced in 2019, to be published in the autumn.

11 May 2021

How to make your letting agency's values a Unique Selling Point (USP)

Handling different audiences across different branches is a challenge that many letting and estate agencies face. While your agency should tailor its approach to deliver the right service, aligned staff values will keep all branches heading in the right direction and could become a Unique Selling Point (USP), says estate agency James Laurence.

10 May 2021

Right to rent: Brexit deadline for changes to checks for citizens of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein approaching

Changes to right to rent checks for citizens of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein are expected after 30 June 2021, according to current government guidance.

10 May 2021

How can your agency help your landlords manage risk with tenant referencing? [+ free tenant referencing checklist]

Estate and letting agents need to fully understand what criteria and potential risk their landlords will accept when choosing a new tenant, especially where they'd be willing to compromise - or what constitutes a hard "no". That conversation can take place at three points, as Liz Lloyd, Account Management Team Leader at Vouch, explains.

Section 21: Your guide to the proposed changes to evictions

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 17 May 2021

The Government confirmed its intentions to repeal Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 in the May 2021 Queen's Speech, as originally set out in the Renters' Reform Bill, released in late 2019. An outline for the proposals will be released in Autumn 2021, which will consider the response to the consultation that took place before the pandemic. The abolition of Section 21 would put an end to so-called “no-fault evictions” as part of its on-going project to create longer tenancies. The government also announced concurrent plans to strengthen the grounds for repossession under Section 8 of the Housing Act 1988.  

Read More

Topics: Compliance

Section 8: Your guide to the proposed changes

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 17 May 2021

The Government confirmed its intention to make changes to Section 8 in the Queen's Speech May 2021 as a part of its Renters' Reform Bill, to make it easier for landlords and letting agents acting on their behalf to regain control of their properties when Section 21 is abolished. These changes will include  "strengthening repossession grounds for landlords under Section 8 when they have valid cause". The government's initial proposals, which we've summarised below, were set out in its consultation document in 2019.

Read More

Topics: Compliance

What’s going on with the build-to-rent sector?

Posted by Paul Starkey on 17 May 2021

A guest blog by Paul Starkey, Chief Commercial Officer of Reapit.

Renting has traditionally been seen as a stepping stone to purchasing a property in the UK real estate market. But that could be changing, as more people are choosing to rent long-term as a lifestyle choice rather than a milestone.

Read More

Topics: Business

Renters' Reform Bill: Government confirms intention to introduce lifetime deposits

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 17 May 2021

Lifetime deposits are on the horizon, confirmed the government following the Queen's Speech in May 2021, announcing it would release its proposals for a new "lifetime" tenancy deposit model in Autumn 2021 as part of a sweeping package of reforms for the private rented sector. “Lifetime” deposits aim to “ease the burden on tenants when moving from one tenancy to the next, helping improve the experience of those living in the private rental sector”.

Read More

Topics: Compliance

UPDATED: Eviction ban to end on 31 May 2021 and notice periods to be reduced to four months

Posted by The Goodlord team on 12 May 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.

The government has confirmed that the evictions ban will end on 31 May 2021, however, bailiffs have been asked not to carry out an eviction if anyone living in the property has Covid-19 symptoms or is self-isolating. From 1 June 2021, notice periods - which had previously been extended to six months' notice - will be reduced to four months' notice. The announcement also said that, "subject to the public health advice and progress with the Roadmap", notice periods will return to pre-pandemic levels from 1 October 2021.

Read More

Topics: Covid-19

How your agency can use data to instruct more landlords

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 12 May 2021

How can you use data to demonstrate value to your landlords? How can you use this data to improve your performance further? You can monitor and analyse any information you gather to make intelligent and informed decisions, and more easily convince landlords why they should choose your agency. 

Read More

Topics: Business

Renters' Reform Bill: Queen's Speech confirms government's intention to "enhance the rights of those who rent"

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 11 May 2021

The Renters' Reform Bill is back on the agenda with the Queen's Speech confirming the government's intention to "enhance the rights of those who rent". In the briefing notes to the speech, the government announced that it would outline its "reform package" for the private rented sector in the autumn - which is set to include abolishing Section 21 and the introduction of lifetime deposits - with legislation to follow in due course.

Read More

Topics: Compliance

How to make your letting agency's values a Unique Selling Point (USP)

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 11 May 2021

"Our city centre branch deals with 90% apartments, but the Edgbaston area is an eclectic range of properties, including larger houses," says Andy McHugo, Associate Director at Birmingham-based estate and letting agency, James Laurence. "The professionals want to be close to work, while those on the outskirts want to be closer to the QE Hospital and other facilities."

Read More

Topics: Customer experience

Right to rent: Brexit deadline for changes to checks for citizens of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein approaching

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 10 May 2021

The current guidance for letting agents and landlords on conducting right to rent checks on citizens of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein is expected to change on 30 June 2021.

Read More

Topics: Compliance

How can your agency help your landlords manage risk with tenant referencing? [+ free tenant referencing checklist]

Posted by Liz Lloyd on 10 May 2021

Referencing can help flag many of the potential risks in renting a property to a new tenant, by delving into your tenants' background and circumstances. You can then make a decision on behalf of your landlord, or present them with your recommendations. You'll need to understand where your landlord may be willing to compromise and where you can help them manage risk, to make sure there's no ambiguity when you give the green light for a new tenant. You can also download a free checklist to help your tenants prepare for the referencing process and ensure they have the right information to hand.

Read More

Topics: Customer experience

Countdown to summer