Adapting your business due to Coronavirus
During this unpredicted time, it may feel daunting thinking about how the Coronavirus may affect your business. However, here are some tips on how to adapt yourself to the current situation to allow you to still continue working.
As the government guidelines state that people must only make essential travel, landlords may be wondering how they would be able to collect rent from their tenant(s). The best way for landlords to collect rent would be through bank transfer as it allows the landlord to still be paid whilst also meeting the government guidelines.
With the use of video calling, it allows landlords and letting agents to continue some of the work that they would normally do face-to-face. For example, if you are a landlord or letting agent that is selling a property and there are potential tenants that are interested and would like a viewing. The most effective way of allowing the tenants to see the property would be to suggest video calling them as it allows them to see the property as well as asking any questions they may have. Furthermore, sometimes landlords and letting agents need to carry out Right to Rent checks so instead they should ask the tenant to email over a scanned copy or a photo of their original documents and have a video call regarding the documents that have been sent. Also, it is important that landlords or letting agents record the date the check was carried out and mark it as ‘an adjusted check has been undertaken on [date] due to COVID-19’. This ensures that the correct measures are followed.
If a tenant is in need of an urgent repair, landlords should go to the property with the tenant’s permission to carry out the repair whilst keeping a two-meter distance. It is down to the landlord to make a judgement on how urgent the repair is and if it would be safe to carry out the repair if the tenant is self-isolating.
At LetHQ, we are partnered up with market leading providers to bring the best deals with home bills and utilities. Tenants will be able to find the best broadband, power and water deals from the tip of their fingers. As well as tenants being able to benefit from this, landlords and letting agents are able to get commission if their tenants choose to switch their utility provider.
To find out further information about utility transfers at LetHQ, please click the following link: https://www.lethq.co.uk/utility-transfer