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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

How will the energy crisis affect your tenants' cost of living and ability to pay rent?

Energy prices are expected to continue to rise, which will add to the growing cost of living. Rik Smith, Goodlord's Head of Tenancy Services, shares his expert analysis on what that may mean for your landlords' tenants.

11 October 2021

Vouch: Agency training is on the up - is the Regulation of Property Agents responsible?

Training in estate and letting agencies is intensifying before the Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA) requirements have even been set in stone. Agents are working to attain the expected qualifications - but what else is driving this burgeoning training mindset?

30 September 2021

Energy crisis Q&A: Energy expert answers questions on what the crisis could mean for the lettings industry

Energy expert Rik Smith, previously of Uswitch and British Gas and current Head of Tenancy Services at Goodlord, answers letting agents' questions on the current energy crisis and how it could impact themselves and their landlords and tenants.

22 September 2021

Your guide to the energy crisis + free FAQ templates for your tenants and landlords

Record increases in energy bills have caused 21 suppliers to collapse since the start of September, impacting more than 3.7 million households. Here's your guide to the ongoing energy crisis, including the Energy Price Cap, government support available for tenants, and downloadable FAQs for your landlords and tenants.

16 September 2021

Vouch: What agents and landlords need to know about the booming short-term let sector

Short-term lets can be beneficial to landlords and tenants looking for a more flexible solution than a long-term contract can provide - but some say this may pose a threat to the buy-to-let sector.

8 September 2021

Christopher Watkin: 3 ways to win more instructions from landlords when stock is low

Provide landlords with valuable information on the property market to gain their trust and you'll reap the rewards over time, says Christopher Watkin.

1 September 2021

How to take the best business decisions to continuously improve your agency

Estate and letting agencies that learn from experience and use data to improve their processes are more likely to stay ahead of the game in the long term. From learning from mistakes to planning for the future, here are five tips to help your agency stay on top.

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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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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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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How will the energy crisis affect your tenants' cost of living and ability to pay rent?

Posted by Rik Smith on 25 October 2021

The government's Heat and Buildings Strategy to decarbonise homes in the UK couldn't come at a better time. As wholesale gas prices rise - pushing smaller suppliers, with no limited funds to protect them, out of the market - our dependence on fossil fuels has been laid bare, letting the current energy crisis gain a foothold. Here's how this situation could play out in the coming months and how it may affect your tenants' cost of living.

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Vouch: Agency training is on the up - is the Regulation of Property Agents responsible?

Posted by Jaime Tillyer on 11 October 2021

At Vouch, we're seeing an increased appetite for training in the agencies we speak with. In the context of the Regulation of Property Agents, this is perhaps unsurprising. But that's not the sole catalyst of the trend - there are other factors at play.

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Energy crisis Q&A: Energy expert answers questions on what the crisis could mean for the lettings industry

Posted by The Goodlord team on 30 September 2021

What are the options for tenants who are struggling to pay their bills? What happens if my tenants' energy supplier goes bust? What happens if I have a vacant property and the supplier goes bust? Energy expert Rik Smith answers these questions and more on the unfolding energy crisis and its impact on the lettings industry. 

➡️ See all our resources for letting agents on the energy crisis.

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Your guide to the energy crisis + free FAQ templates for your tenants and landlords

Posted by The Goodlord team on 22 September 2021

The UK has been gripped by an emerging energy crisis: wholesale gas prices have increased by 250% since the beginning of the year, including a 70% rise since August, according to the Oil & Gas UK trade body. Twenty-one suppliers have collapsed since the beginning of 2021, impacting more than 3.7 million households throughout the UK. Experts have predicted that the industry may shrink to as few as 10 energy suppliers by the end of winter, down from about 70 suppliers at the start of the year. Now, fears are escalating that energy prices could soar to unaffordable levels for both everyday consumers and industry, leading the government to engage in crisis talks with the regulator, Ofgem, and key industry leaders. 

➡️ Download a free FAQ on the energy crisis for your tenants
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Vouch: What agents and landlords need to know about the booming short-term let sector

Posted by Liz Lloyd on 16 September 2021

Short-term lets are seen as both a boon and a threat to the rental sector. Now that the hospitality industry is starting to kick into gear after a period of Covid-related restrictions and limited activity, short-term lets are making headlines - but is it to the detriment of buy-to-let landlords?

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Christopher Watkin: 3 ways to win more instructions from landlords when stock is low

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 08 September 2021

Christopher Watkin is the lettings industry's biggest advocate for content marketing, advising letting agents to create articles, reports, videos, and more in order to reach new landlords. "If you try and go out there and sell stuff to people, they get switched off, so why don't you actually give them something which is of interest?" Watkin shared suggestions for letting agents looking to try this approach in an on-demand Goodlord webinar. Read on for his top tips or watch the full webinar on demand now.

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How to take the best business decisions to continuously improve your agency

Posted by The Goodlord team on 01 September 2021

We're constantly adapting to new rules and regulations but we're also
breaking every system down to see where we can improve," says Thomas Izod,
Branch Manager at Kallars in our free guide, How to maximise your agency's potential. "Now’s the time to start preparing for the changes that are coming in. You're not maximising your returns if you're still doing the same thing you were doing ten years ago.”

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