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.

12 August 2020

Local lockdowns: Insights from agents on the ground

Local lockdowns are the government’s preferred alternative to another nationwide lockdown, but what does this mean for estate and letting agencies? Here’s advice from agents on the ground on how to prepare for a local lockdown.

20 July 2020

UPDATED: How the changes to the possession action process impact new and existing claims

All claimants are now required to provide the courts with information about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on their tenants as part of the temporary changes to the possession action process.

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. 

Local lockdowns: Insights from agents on the ground

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 12 August 2020

The national lockdown, triggered by Boris Johnson’s announcement on 23 March, was a disruption of varying degrees to businesses up and down the country. Some were more prepared than others in the build-up but, regardless of preparedness, many had to completely change their day-to-day, with a remote-first approach becoming the norm. So what can you expect from a localised lockdown?

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UPDATED: How the changes to the possession action process impact new and existing claims

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 20 July 2020

This article was published 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 issued guidance on the temporary changes to possession proceedings, which will remain in place in England and Wales until at least 28 March 2021. The temporary amendment makes several changes to the usual process for possession proceedings, including requiring claimants who wish to resume proceedings to “inform the court and defendant in writing of this after the expiry of the stay in a 'reactivation notice'”. The government warns that many cases have built up during the six-month suspension period and courts are still not operating at their full capacity, which means in most cases it will take longer than eight weeks for claims to be heard. 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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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

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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