While the coronavirus pandemic has proved challenging in a variety of areas, the development and use of technology has been among the beneficiaries of this difficult time. After rising in the past couple of years, the rate at which new property technology, or proptech, with new services and apps to support letting agents, property investors and landlords has come online has accelerated.
While the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect our lives, one of the things that has emerged from it in the UK is a renewed love for pets. Some landlords have noted an increase in enquiries from potential tenants with pets and two Build-to-Rent (BTR) firms are among those welcoming them with pet stations and suitable, usable outdoor space.
As the UK's lettings industry picks its way through coronavirus-induced problems, it appears the global pandemic isn't enough to discourage new entrants to the market. John Lewis has announced plans to invest in build-to-rent on a number of its existing land sites, while Czech proptech firm Flatio has made an investment into what it calls mid-term renting in the UK.
Oxford City Council's bid to halt the use of a residential property in the city as a short-term let has been successful after a year-long battle. The home on William Street was previously used as a short-term let, however, following complaints from a neighbour, the council issued a planning enforcement notice to allow the owner to continue letting it out over short periods.
If you’ve secured a place at a UK university as a student from overseas, then congratulations! The UK is well-known for its excellent education system and is home to may Universities that are considered among the best in the world. However, even though you’ve done the hard work of winning your place there’s still the small matter of getting ready for your term, year or entire course based in the UK.