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What does the future hold for Deptford, Rotherhithe in terms of work and life?

“The new normal” and “furlough” - two expressions that would have your forehead knotted before 2020, but now words that are in common parlance.
Similarly, WFH or Working From Home that has accelerated and the Covid 19 pandemic has simply accelerated it. Workers had to travel to their place of employment for years - but the digital landscape has changed all that.
Estate agency has changed too.

If you travel into any town or city, you’ll still see clusters of specialist companies close to each other. Estate agents and banks are one such grouping but those times are going.
Letting agents no longer need expensive high street premises when most communication takes place over email, smartphones or social media.
John Lewis and other retail giants are closing physical stores for good - its CEO, Sharon White, admits that 70% of all sales are being generated through their website and app and there’s talk of store closures. Its flagship store on Oxford Street is expected to reduce in size with part of it redeveloped into apartments. Now that would be some address to call home, don’t you agree?
The rental sector has been on a similar journey of change for years. We’ve seen the rise of co-living in the four main areas we cover: Rotherhithe, Deptford, Canada Water and Surrey Quays as well as massive regeneration and redevelopment.
The process of letting has changed too - the property portals began this shift 20 years ago and now it’s accelerated.

This is how lettings used to work:
You would see a physical advert for accommodation to let in the local newspaper, a local noticeboard or in a letting agency window and either call the number (or physically visit the office) to make enquiries.
Nowadays accommodation is spotted on Rightmove, Zoopla, Google Ads or On the market; a letting agent emails or text messages you new listings as they launch. You email, call or message the agent for further details in which you are given the option to be sent a virtual tour, set up a video viewing or a physical viewing. What we’re saying at Rentlet is that the “new normal” has changed everything from how we rent to the property criteria people base searches on.

Proximity to public transport may not be ranked as importantly as a second small bedroom for use as a home office. Closeness to a place of work may not be as vital as superfast broadband in your rented apartment.
This has implications for landlords too - is a studio a better investment or a two bedroomed apartment so professionals can work from home?
One thing is for certain - when a vaccine is found and Coronavirus is in retreat, the changes we’ve seen with living and working patterns in 2020 may become permanent.