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.

    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.

    24 April 2020

    Q&A: Paul Shamplina on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on landlords

    Landlord Action's Paul Shamplina answers your questions on how to manage relationships with landlords and tenants during the coronavirus pandemic and changes to legislation around evictions.

    22 April 2020

    Managing missed rent and payment plans with free templates

    Covid-19 could affect the ability of some tenants to pay their rent. We’ve put together a guide to help you manage this scenario, from assessing your tenants' financial situation to arranging a payment plan, including free templates.

    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

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

    All agencies must carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment to ensure that their workplace is Covid-secure, following the government guidance on working safely during coronavirus. As part of the risk assessment, you will need to think about the risks your employees and customers could face from Covid-19 and do “everything reasonably practicable” that you can do to minimise these risks.

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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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    Q&A: Paul Shamplina on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on landlords

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 24 April 2020

    This article was published on 24 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.

    Paul Shamplina joined a webinar with Goodlord to answer your questions on what letting agents can do to help manage relationships with landlords and tenants during the coronavirus pandemic and the changes to legislation around evictions. You can watch the whole webinar here.

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    Managing missed rent and payment plans with free templates

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 22 April 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic has put unprecedented levels of financial pressure on a huge proportion of people around the country. Letting agents, landlords, and tenants alike are concerned that this could affect the ability of some tenants to pay their rent during this time. We’ve outlined some of the steps you can take to manage this scenario, which includes downloadable and editable templates that you can use in your communications with your tenants and landlords.

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