Coronavirus (Covid-19) information for letting agents

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

    8 June 2020

    UPDATE: Six-month notice period comes into law and "winter truce" on evictions announced

    Landlords will need to give tenants six months notice if they intend to regain possession of their property and no tenants will be evicted over Christmas.

    20 May 2020

    Creative thinking needed to stay safe while managing house moves

    Meet the agency that hasn't stopped letting throughout the pandemic, taking a creative approach to make sure its moves are always in line with the government's guidelines on social distancing.

    18 May 2020

    How to maintain social distancing in your agency

    Social distancing will mean changes to how staff arrive and leave the office, how they move around the office or work at a desk, during meetings and break times, or interacting with customers.

    15 May 2020

    How to advise your tenants on looking for a property and moving home during COVID-19

    Tenants will need to change the way carry out their property search, arrange flexible contracts, and manage their moves carefully to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

    14 May 2020

    Managing office visits, viewings, and check-ins while preventing the spread of coronavirus

    The restrictions on lettings activity have been lifted, but “this does not represent a return to normality”. Agencies will need to adapt their practices and procedures, from office visits through to check-in.

    13 May 2020

    How to carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment on your workplace

    All employers will need to carry out a risk assessment before reopening their offices to ensure that their employees can work safely during coronavirus.

    13 May 2020

    Letting agencies allowed to reopen and house moves can resume

    All buyers and renters will now be able to complete purchases and view properties in person, while estate agents, conveyancers and removals firms can return to work while following social distancing guidelines, confirmed the Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick.

    10 May 2020

    Government announces roadmap to transition out of lockdown

    The government has shared the “first sketch of a roadmap for reopening society” and how the UK will restart its economy as it transitions out of the lockdown. 

    6 May 2020

    New loan scheme to help small businesses 'bounce back' from the pandemic

    Small to medium-sized businesses - including many letting agencies - will be eligible to borrow between £2,000 to £50,000 under the government's Bounce Back Loan scheme.

    30 April 2020

    Q&A: David Cox answers questions on legislation and the impact of coronavirus on the lettings industry

    ARLA Propertymark CEO David Cox answers your questions on managing house moves, non-payment of rent, and the eviction process during lockdown; furlough; upcoming legislation changes including electrical safety standards, the abolition of Section 21 and Regulation of Property Agents, and more.

    UPDATE: Six-month notice period comes into law and "winter truce" on evictions announced

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 08 June 2020

    This article was updated on 24 September 2020. Although we endeavour to keep our coronavirus (COVID-19) content as up to date as possible, the situation is rapidly changing, so please ensure you refer to gov.uk for the latest advice and information.

    The government has changed the law to increase notice periods to six months and confirmed that possession proceedings will resume on 21 September 2020. The only exceptions to the six-month notice period are the most egregious cases, including where tenants have demonstrated anti-social behaviour or committed fraud, where notice periods have been shortened. In these cases, "notice periods must be at least 4 weeks where over six months of rent is due (if less than 6 months is owed, then 6 months’ notice must be given)." A "winter truce" on evictions also means that no evictions will take place between 11 December 2020 and 11 January 2021.

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    Creative thinking needed to stay safe while managing house moves

    Posted by Suzy Lycett on 20 May 2020

    This article was originally published on 20 May 2020. Although we endeavour to keep our coronavirus (COVID-19) content as up to date as possible, the situation is rapidly changing, so please ensure you refer to gov.uk for the latest advice and information.

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    How to maintain social distancing in your agency

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 18 May 2020

    This article was published on 18 May 2020. Although we endeavour to keep our coronavirus (COVID-19) content as up to date as possible, the situation is rapidly changing, so please ensure you refer to gov.uk for the latest advice and information.

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    How to advise your tenants on looking for a property and moving home during COVID-19

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 15 May 2020

    This article was published on 15 May 2020. Although we endeavour to keep our coronavirus (COVID-19) content as up to date as possible, the situation is rapidly changing, so please ensure you refer to gov.uk for the latest advice and information.

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    Managing office visits, viewings, and check-ins while preventing the spread of coronavirus

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 14 May 2020

    This article was published on 14 May 2020. Although we endeavour to keep our coronavirus (COVID-19) content as up to date as possible, the situation is rapidly changing, so please ensure you refer to gov.uk for the latest advice and information.

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    How to carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment on your workplace

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 13 May 2020

    This article was published on 13 May 2020. Although we endeavour to keep our coronavirus (COVID-19) content as up to date as possible, the situation is rapidly changing, so please ensure you refer to gov.uk for the latest advice and information.

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    Letting agencies allowed to reopen and house moves can resume

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 13 May 2020

    This article was published on 13 May 2020. Although we endeavour to keep our coronavirus (COVID-19) content as up to date as possible, the situation is rapidly changing, so please ensure you refer to gov.uk for the latest advice and information.

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    Government announces roadmap to transition out of lockdown

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 10 May 2020

    This article was published on 10 May 2020. Although we endeavour to keep our coronavirus (COVID-19) content as up to date as possible, the situation is rapidly changing, so please ensure you refer to gov.uk for the latest advice and information.

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    New loan scheme to help small businesses 'bounce back' from the pandemic

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 06 May 2020

    The government has launched a new loan scheme to help small and medium-sized businesses, including eligible letting agencies, access finance faster during the coronavirus outbreak.

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    Q&A: David Cox answers questions on legislation and the impact of coronavirus on the lettings industry

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 30 April 2020

    This article was published on 30 April 2020. Although we endeavour to keep our coronavirus (COVID-19) content as up to date as possible, the situation is rapidly changing, so please ensure you refer to gov.uk for the latest advice and information.

    ARLA Propertymark CEO David Cox answered agents’ questions on everything from the impact of the lockdown on letting agents and legislation to the Regulation of Property Agents in a Goodlord webinar (watch the full recording here). Cox’s overriding advice for letting agents during the lockdown was that they should be “putting everything on pause”, rather than cancelling pending transactions. “The first Friday out of lockdown is probably going to be one of the biggest moving days in the lettings industry's history.”

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