Being a landlord isn’t always easy and COVID-19 has only added to the complexities of renting and managing an investment property. At Bournes Lettings Services, we understand how important it is to have certainty, which is why we’ve revised our fully managed services to recognise how Coronavirus is affecting landlords.
While the government has pledged to help tenants who are struggling as a result of the lockdown, help for landlords has been less forthcoming. Possession proceedings that were already underway have stalled, and landlords trying to engage with tenants about non-payment or any other issue are being hampered by the requirements of social distancing. It’s all a bit of a nightmare if you’re trying to do your own property management, especially at a time when we’re all trying to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
Working with landlords in the lockdown
While some aspects of the rental market have been substantially impacted, such as valuations and viewings, Bournes Lettings Services has been able to find innovative ways to help both landlords and tenants at the beginning of their relationship. And while our aim is to ensure that a well-chosen relationship continues to be harmonious to the very end, we also have expertise in managing landlord/tenant issues – see our repossession page for full details of this unique fully managed service.
Given that court proceedings will be substantially backlogged as a result of COVID-19, working with property management services that can streamline the eviction process (and where possible, prevent it being necessary) can make the difference between overwhelming anxiety and peace of mind for landlords.
Preventing problems and resolving tenancy issues
In addition, our Estates team are well placed to deal with the other major headache affecting landlords during lockdown – the day-to-day repairs and property care that have become problematic for many landlords outsourcing this aspect of their rental property.