COVID-19: Landlord Update

COVID-19: Landlord Update

COVID-19: Landlord Update

Following Government guidelines, we have closed our offices and set up home working for all our key staff.  Despite this, our landlords, and tenants, can still contact each office on the usual numbers for help and support from our office managers.

New Tenancies

Not surprisingly, market activity has been curtailed and we are anticipating a suspension of new tenant interest and viewings.  In fact, the Government has announced today (27 March 2020) that new moves should not take place if at all possible, so we are expecting very few, if any, new tenancy starts over the next two months at least.

Property Maintenance

We have already started virtual visits using video links with tenants.  We will report back to all our landlords in the usual manner with property inspection reports.  However, maintenance for the moment is restricted to emergencies.  We are maintaining contact with our contractors to provide this service and again, will promptly keep all our landlords updated on progress if this occurs.

Vulnerable Tenants & Landlords

Each office is in the process of creating a register of vulnerable tenants and landlords as well as those living alone.  We will maintain regular contact with these customers to make sure they are safe.  However, if you have any individual concerns please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Government Updates

The current situation is continually changing, so to keep abreast of developments, we have set up immediate bulletins from the Government website so we can update you with the latest news and support as it is provided.  However, the support provided often takes time to filter through to the recipients, as the Government decides the best way to administer it.  We are monitoring this and will keep our landlords updated on any news and progress that directly affects them.

In Conclusion

We are all hopeful that the virus can be contained and conquered quickly but it appears that this may take several months.  In the meantime, stay safe, and if we can be of any assistance please do let us know.

Barrie George

Added: 27th March 2020

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