COVID-19’s impact on the PRS – safeagent gives evidence to Committee

We recently submitted evidence to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee into the impact of COVID-19 on homelessness and the PRS. Our submission has a number of recommendations and asks of Government as the PRS enters the next stage of the Coronavirus emergency. These include: Clarify any disinformation about rent payments, re-iterating to tenants that […]

First guidance issued for easing lockdown

Government guidance issued today, ‘Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy’, says that non-essential retail, the sector which lettings and estate agents are currently included in, should be able to open in a phased manner from 1 June 2020, as long these businesses are able to follow the new COVID-19 Secure guidelines. […]

Government issues practical guidance for agents during the Coronavirus outbreak

Following the Housing Secretary’s announcement that the housing market can reopen in England, Government has now issued guidance with practical advice for both industry and home movers on how to operate safely. Read the guidance in full: ‘Government advice on home moving during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak’ The document explains you can open for business but should […]

Housing market can reopen

The Housing Secretary has announced the housing market can reopen, re-starting the housing market in line with social distancing advice. Today there will be a change to the regulations on moving home, removing the previous stipulation that homes moves can only happen where reasonably necessary. Anyone in England can now move home if they follow […]

The DPS and safeagent offer free online course on new tenancies

safeagent and The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) have created a free, online course to enable letting agents to start tenancies off on the right footing. Since 2007, The DPS, the UK’s largest protector of tenancy deposits has run hundreds of face-to-face seminars for landlords and letting agents across the country. Its new, interactive e-module […]

Working safely during COVID-19: New guidelines

This week Government announced their route map for easing the lockdown, including new guidelines for businesses.  Current advice on home moves remains the same, that buyers and renters should, where possible, delay moving to a new house while measures are in place to fight COVID-19. Latest guidance (11 May 2020) ‘Our plan to rebuild: The […]