Coronavirus (Covid-19) information for letting agents and estate agents during lockdown

    Helping the lettings industry stay compliant with changing legislation and advice during the continually-evolving Covid-19 pandemic.

    15 February 2021

    UPDATED: Government extends evictions ban until at least 31 March 2021

    The Government has extended the evictions ban in England for a further six weeks, meaning that evictions will not be enforced by bailiffs until 31 March 2021 at the earliest.

    15 February 2021

    ARLA Propertymark's Robert Bolwell answers letting agents' Covid-19 legislation questions

    ARLA Propertymark's Robert Bolwell, Senior Partner at Dutton Gregory, answers questions on the Changes to the evictions process, serving notices and new court processes as a result of Covid-19.

    8 February 2021

    Your guide to what the Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space) means to landlords and agents

    The Debt Respite Scheme, or "Breathing Space" law, will come into effect on 4 May 2021 in England and Wales, to "give someone in problem debt the right to legal protections from their creditors" - including tenants.

    13 January 2021

    Rent arrears of greater than six months exempt from evictions ban - including rent accrued since March 2020

    The guidance for landlords and tenants during Covid-19 has been updated to make serious rent arrears "greater than 6 months' rent" exempt from the extended evictions ban in England - removing the stipulation that rent accrued since the start of the first lockdown in March 2020 could be discounted.

    5 January 2021

    Update: Your guide to what the Tier 4 and third lockdown restrictions mean for letting agents and house moves

    As under Tier 4 restrictions, the lettings industry can continue to operate during the third national lockdown in England. Letting agencies can "continue to work" and people are permitted to move home.

    4 January 2021

    Post-holiday lettings update: Tenant safety as priority

    Covid-19 guidelines for letting agents and landlords, updated with the introduction of a fourth tier and still applicable during the third national lockdown, continue to prioritise tenant safety while reminding agents of tenant protections in place.

    23 November 2020

    Tougher rules for businesses not following COVID-secure guidance when English lockdown ends

    Local authorities will have greater powers to enforce compliance on businesses operating in an unsafe way, including financial penalties, when England returns to tiered restrictions on 2 December 2020.

    16 November 2020

    Landlord Action's Legal Director answers letting agents' questions on the new possession process

    "It's more important now than ever to make sure you get professional advice about the serving of a notice," says Tim Frome, discussing the most recent changes to the possession process as a result of Covid-19.

    5 November 2020

    UPDATED: Furlough scheme extended until the end of April 2021

    The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 April 2021, as restrictions increase throughout the UK.

    4 November 2020

    Letting agencies can operate, viewings and house moves can take place during lockdown

    Activities in connection with the purchase, sale, letting or rental of a residential property have been made exceptions to the "stay at home" guidance under lockdown legislation.

    UPDATED: Government extends evictions ban until at least 31 March 2021

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 15 February 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 evictions ban in England has been extended for a further six weeks, meaning that evictions will not be enforced by bailiffs until 31 March 2021 at the earliest, with the measures to be "kept under review in line with the latest public health advice". Exceptions remain in place for the most "egregious cases", including illegal occupation, anti-social behaviour and arrears of six months’ rent or more

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    ARLA Propertymark's Robert Bolwell answers letting agents' Covid-19 legislation questions

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 15 February 2021

    Covid-19 continues to have a significant impact on lettings legislation. ARLA Propertymark's Robert Bolwell, Senior Partner at Dutton Gregory, joined Goodlord for a webinar to discuss the most recent changes, answer letting agents questions, and talk about what's on the horizon.

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    Your guide to what the Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space) means to landlords and agents

    Posted by Suzy Lycett on 08 February 2021

    Covid-19 may have left some tenants struggling to pay their rent, and this new law will ensure they have some "breathing space", giving them time to find a way to pay off their debts, from 4 May 2021, in England and Wales.

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    Rent arrears of greater than six months exempt from evictions ban - including rent accrued since March 2020

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 13 January 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.

    Agents should be aware of an update to the guidance for landlords and tenants during Covid-19, which now states that "serious rent arrears greater than 6 months’ rent" will be exempt from the evictions ban - regardless of when the arrears started to accrue.

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    Update: Your guide to what the Tier 4 and third lockdown restrictions mean for letting agents and house moves

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 05 January 2021

    The situation with Covid-19 is rapidly changing. For the latest guidelines, please refer to gov.uk.

    The government has confirmed that people can still move home and continue to view properties during the third national lockdown in England, as under Tier 4 restrictions, while continuing to follow appropriate Covid-19 safety guidelines. The lockdown will come into law on 6 January 2020 and is expected to be in place until at least February half term.

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    Post-holiday lettings update: Tenant safety as priority

    Posted by Suzy Lycett on 04 January 2021

    The situation with Covid-19 is rapidly changing. For the latest guidelines, please refer to gov.uk.

    The 2020 holiday period was disrupted by the introduction of Tier 4 Covid-19 measures across much of England, and now 2021 starts with a new national lockdown. The government has confirmed that the lettings industry can continue to operate under these restrictions, and its guidance for home moving emphasises that the safety of tenants should remain the "first priority" for agents and landlords.

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    Tougher rules for businesses not following COVID-secure guidance when English lockdown ends

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 23 November 2020

    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 announced that England will be moving back into a system of tiered restrictions as part of its “Covid-19 Winter Plan” for when the second national lockdown ends on 2 December. Although the restrictions will be “tougher” than they were in October, it currently appears that the lettings industry will be able to continue operating as it has during the lockdown, with “moving home” listed as being exempt from the restrictions on gatherings at every tier. Courts will also remain open at every tier.

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    Landlord Action's Legal Director answers letting agents' questions on the new possession process

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 16 November 2020

    Landlord Action's Legal Director, Tim Frome, talks to Goodlord's Oli Sherlock about how possession cases are faring since the reopening of the courts, with insights from on the ground for letting agents and landlords who are going through the new process.

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    UPDATED: Furlough scheme extended until the end of April 2021

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 05 November 2020

    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 Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 April 2021, with furloughed employees to receive 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, in order to support businesses as much of the country is put under Tier 3 restrictions. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has also confirmed that he would be extending the government-guaranteed Covid-19 business loan schemes until the end of March.

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    Letting agencies can operate, viewings and house moves can take place during lockdown

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 04 November 2020

    This situation is rapidly changing and this article will continue to be updated throughout. For the latest guidelines, please refer to gov.uk.

    Letting agencies can continue to operate and viewings and house moves can take place during the second national lockdown, which begins on 5 November and will continue until at least 2 December. Under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020, activities in connection with the purchase, sale, letting or rental of a residential property have been made exceptions to the "stay at home" guidance.

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