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.

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.

14 April 2020

Furlough: Everything your agency needs to know

Many businesses, including letting agencies, are choosing to furlough their staff and take advantage of the government support available during the pandemic. Here's a quick guide to the furloughing process. 

6 April 2020

Your guide to EPC assessments during Covid-19

It remains a legal requirement to obtain an Energy Performance Certificate before selling or letting a property during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the government has confirmed.

31 March 2020

Right to rent: Temporary changes to process during Covid-19

Right to checks can be carried out over video calls and tenants can supply scanned copies or photos of documents, after the government introduced temporary changes to the process as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

30 March 2020

Your guide to managing house moves and repairs during Covid-19

The government is advising renters to delay moving into a new home for as long as possible and landlords to only carry out urgent repairs while emergency measures are in place to fight coronavirus.

23 March 2020

How one agency has changed its procedures to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic

“We're looking at every angle and we're learning a lot of it on the job, because none of us has been in this situation before," says the director of a London agency that's adapting quickly to a new way of working.

19 March 2020

Your guide to protection against eviction for tenants during Covid-19

The government will put in place a package of measures to protect both landlords and tenants during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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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Furlough: Everything your agency needs to know

Posted by The Goodlord team on 14 April 2020

The word “furlough” has become commonplace in the past few weeks, but, despite the number of businesses choosing to take up this support from the government, many remain confused about how the furlough process actually works. We’ve put together a guide to what it means in practice - from how it affects your agency’s staff to your processes.

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Your guide to EPC assessments during Covid-19

Posted by The Goodlord team on 06 April 2020

This article was published on 6 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.

It remains a legal requirement to obtain an Energy Performance Certificate before selling or letting a property during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the government has confirmed.

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Right to rent: Temporary changes to process during Covid-19

Posted by The Goodlord team on 31 March 2020

This article was published on 31 March 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 temporarily adjusted the process for carrying out right to rent checks due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, allowing checks to be carried out over video calls and tenants to supply scanned copies or photos of documents rather than providing originals. The temporary measures came into effect on 30 March 2020 and were outlined in the government’s guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19): landlord right to rent checks.

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Your guide to managing house moves and repairs during Covid-19

Posted by The Goodlord team on 30 March 2020

This article was updated on 30 March 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 for letting agents, landlords, and tenants on managing house moves and repairs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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How one agency has changed its procedures to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 23 March 2020

This article was originally published on 23 March 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.

“We are going to be positive. We're all going to survive this and come out the other end,” says Tony Ourris of ​Anthony Webb​ in London on the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The sales and lettings agency has been adapting its processes, day by day, to ensure it keeps running.

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Your guide to protection against eviction for tenants during Covid-19

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 19 March 2020

⚠️ This article was originally published on 19 March 2020. An updated post on the current situation with regard to government guidance on this topic can be found here.

The government has now published emergency coronavirus legislation which sets out the rights of tenants for eviction proceedings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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