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27 January 2021

How Covid-19 has accelerated the digital evolution of referencing

The pandemic has exposed a number of shortcomings in traditional lettings industry processes, not least in referencing, with many agents now demanding more. Simon Tillyer of Vouch shares his view on how referencing has progressed in the past year.

20 January 2021

How helping your landlords manage risk can help your agency grow its reputation and business

Gold Key Lettings feels it has a responsibility as a letting agency to help its landlords avoid risk where possible, through a deep understanding of legislation, in-depth referencing processes, and a strong rent protection policy included in its managed proposition.

18 January 2021

3 ways to go green in the lettings industry

The recovery plan for Covid-19 is seen by many as an opportunity to reinforce and boost the UK's commitment to bring its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 - and here are just three ways the housing market can play its part in 2021.

13 January 2021

3 tips to help make your new lettings agency a success

This agent made the decision to set up a new lettings agency, Cloverhill Properties, bringing together her in-depth knowledge around relationship building and implementing digital solutions to create an efficient business with unique selling points from the get-go.

11 January 2021

Lettings industry representatives give their predictions for 2021

2021 is a difficult year to plan for - but there are certain predictions that can be made based on the current state of play in the property market. Five experts share their prognosis for the coming 12 months.

16 December 2020

2020: A year of lettings disruption and resilience

2020 has been a year of unpredictable change in the lettings industry. Disruption to the day-to-day management of properties, with imposed safety measures and new legislation to protect tenants, has had a far-reaching impact. Estate and letting agents have shown immense adaptability - highlighting just how valuable they are to landlords in this context.

10 December 2020

How the lettings landscape has changed and why insurance will be important to your proposition in 2021

Goodlord’s Head of Insurance, Oli Sherlock, discusses how Rent Protection Insurance could help letting agents strengthen their offering to landlords in 2021.

8 December 2020

Taking advantage of the Martin & Co network as an independent agency branch

The Chelmsford branch of Martin & Co has found the best way to balance its independence, while benefiting from the support and expertise of the group’s head office and extended franchise network.

7 December 2020

Lockdown, lettings, and looking ahead to 2021: Q&A with Andrews and LiFE Residential

How prepared is your agency for 2021? Andrews and LiFE Residential discuss the continued impact of Covid-19, how Brexit could impact the lettings industry, and what's in store for the year ahead.

1 December 2020

Why referencing is more important than ever before

Vouch’s Jaime Tillyer shares her insights and expertise on tenant referencing, and why a robust service is more important than ever for letting agents and their landlords.

How Covid-19 has accelerated the digital evolution of referencing

Posted by Simon Tillyer on 27 January 2021

Sometimes it takes a pandemic to make people realise that the systems and processes they've been using for years aren't necessarily the right ones; they just haven't looked to see what else is on the market.

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How helping your landlords manage risk can help your agency grow its reputation and business

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 20 January 2021

“Rent arrears across our current portfolio of 220 properties is at less than 1% because we're vigilant in selecting quality tenants,” says Russ Blockley, Managing Director at Gold Key Lettings. “Once we're conducting a viewing for the applicant, we know that 80% of the vetting has been performed on that applicant during our pre-viewing protocol, for example.”

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3 ways to go green in the lettings industry

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 18 January 2021

In 2019, the UK became the first major economy to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050, while 2020 saw calls for tackling climate change to be included in planning for a post-pandemic future. Energy in housing accounts for 14% of total UK emissions, according to the Committee on Climate Change - which means there’ll likely be a strong knock-on effect for rental energy standards to meet net zero goals, with the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards just the beginning. Going green may require investment but there are opportunities to be had.

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3 tips to help make your new lettings agency a success

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 13 January 2021

How can you differentiate yourself when starting an agency? That’s the question Catrina Merrigan asked herself when setting out to create Cloverhill Properties. With 10 years' experience in the lettings industry, she’s seen what works and what doesn’t. In her new business, she’s applied the best bits.

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Lettings industry representatives give their predictions for 2021

Posted by The Goodlord team on 11 January 2021

The impact of the stamp duty holiday, the supply of landlords, and the continued strength of the lettings market are just some of the topics raised when predicting what 2021 may bring for the property sector, for these industry experts and Goodlord customers: Michael Jones & Company, Andrews, LiFE Residential, and Martin & Co Chelmsford - as well as Goodlord's CEO William Reeve.

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2020: A year of lettings disruption and resilience

Posted by The Goodlord team on 16 December 2020

From a consultation on the abolition of Section 21 and the introduction of the new Electrical Safety Standards Regulations to the Renter’s Reform Bill, many new regulations were passed or announced in recent times to pave the way for a “fairer and more affordable private rented sector that provides security and stability for both tenants and landlords.”

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How the lettings landscape has changed and why insurance will be important to your proposition in 2021

Posted by The Goodlord team on 10 December 2020

Rent Protection Insurance has never been a more crucial component of a letting agency's landlord proposition than it has been this year, providing landlords with the security of income in an environment of uncertainty. Now, it’s more important than ever that letting agents are offering their landlords this protection as part of a comprehensive proposition. Goodlord’s Head of Insurance, Oli Sherlock, answers questions about how the market has changed in 2020 and how Rent Protection Insurance can help you strengthen your offering to landlords in 2021.

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Taking advantage of the Martin & Co network as an independent agency branch

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 08 December 2020

“Being part of a corporate network as well as having independence as a branch is the best of all worlds,” says John Frost of Martin & Co Chelmsford, a franchisee operating its agency independently while under the branding of the extended Martin & Co network.

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Lockdown, lettings, and looking ahead to 2021: Q&A with Andrews and LiFE Residential

Posted by The Goodlord team on 07 December 2020

Covid-19 completely disrupted the plans of many businesses this year and will continue to have an impact on the global economy until the vaccine is rolled out. At the same time, an uncertain Brexit remains just around the corner. Ellie Donaghy, Head of Lettings at Andrews, and Jonathan Werth, Managing Director at LiFE Residential, joined Goodlord to discuss a challenging year and how they're preparing for 2021.🎧

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Why referencing is more important than ever before

Posted by Jaime Tillyer on 01 December 2020

Tenant referencing is hugely important in the pre-tenancy process for landlords and letting agents - at any time and not just in the current uncertain circumstances. However, it’s come to the fore now for a number of reasons.

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