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PropTech platform makes pitch for agents let go by High Street firms

By |2020-04-03T10:04:23+00:00April 3rd, 2020|Company News|

Lettings management platform Howsy claims it has seen an increase in business since the lockdown 10 days ago.  It says it’s enjoyed an easier transition into the lockdown than other companies reliant on physical offices, and has hired to senior staff members in recent days - just as some agencies were...

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Agents warned as council postpones licensing clampdown

By |2020-04-03T10:04:25+00:00April 3rd, 2020|Company News|

A local authority has postponed the extension of its private rental sector licensing regime - but it’s warning agents not to take advantage of the situation. Newcastle city council says that to minimise the risk of Coronavirus spreading, the deadline for landlords to apply for a licence and comply with its...

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Filing business accounts on time is key even through crisis, says ARLA

By |2020-04-03T10:04:31+00:00April 3rd, 2020|Company News|

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is advising member companies to file their accounts on time in order to remain transparent over the funds held in client accounts. ARLA Propertymark says that existing scheduled dates for submitting an accountant’s report as part of membership requirements remain in place.  Scheduled dates remain, it...

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New EPC assessment guidance – Conquering Corona

By |2020-04-03T10:04:29+00:00April 3rd, 2020|Company News|

Hello and here’s the latest daily update to help the industry through these unprecedented times.  If you have any appropriate advice you would like to let the industry know about, please email us at [email protected] and we will gladly do the honours. - First thing today - the government has issued new guidance on conducting...

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Overseas property – why should investors be considering the eastern Algarve?

By |2020-04-03T10:04:52+00:00April 3rd, 2020|Company News|

The coronavirus pandemic currently has us all in lockdown and getting used to a new world of social distancing, self-isolating, remote working and quarantining. But it has also given the unexpected gift of time and an opportunity for people to get their life admin in order and consider their next moves...

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Rental demand falls off a cliff as lockdown takes effect

By |2020-04-03T10:04:27+00:00April 3rd, 2020|Company News|

Demand for rental properties has predictably plummeted thanks to the lockdown. Data from PropTech company Goodlord shows that while a surge for newly available properties took place in early March - ahead of the widely-anticipated lockdown - this fell away significantly during the later part of the month. Looked at over the...

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Coronavirus: Landlords and tenants urged to have an ‘honest’ conversation

By |2020-04-03T10:04:38+00:00April 3rd, 2020|Company News|

Renters facing financial hardship because of the coronavirus crisis are being encouraged to communicate with their landlords after emergency rental measures were announced by the government. The government’s newly introduced rules are designed to ensure no renter in either social or private accommodation will be forced out of their home during the...

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Thousands of landlords will now have tenants on Universal Credit

By |2020-04-03T10:04:40+00:00April 3rd, 2020|Company News|

Universal Credit has had its problems and of course now it is going to be under an enormous amount of strain with almost one million people signing on in the last two weeks since being urged to stay at home because of coronavirus. Around 950,000 applications have been made for Universal...

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Property owners rush to remortgage amid coronavirus uncertainty

By |2020-04-03T10:04:45+00:00April 3rd, 2020|Company News|

Remortgaging activity has surged in recent weeks as homeowners, including buy-to-let landlords, rush to lock into low-rate loans amid uncertainty over the coronoavirus pandemic.  There has been an upwards trend in Brits rushing to sort out their finances and remortgage following the introduction of the UK's lowest ever base rate, as...

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Advice for those moving in or out of a property whilst social distancing

By |2020-04-03T10:04:43+00:00April 3rd, 2020|Company News|

To help ensure those planning to move home over the new few weeks adhere to the current social distancing requirements, TDS has issued fresh guidance. The guide, deigned to help renters and landlords who may be moving in or out of a property during the period of social distancing, recommends that...

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