Buying, selling and renting a home will continue ‘in a covid secure way’
The impending lockdown will not directly impact the housing sector and estate and letting agencies will still be able to continue operating, provided it is done in a Covid-secure manner.
The lockdown regulations were made clear yesterday evening when Propertymark sent out the following message to its members:
‘The Public Health Regulations which will underpin the second national lockdown in England, have been laid and will be voted on in parliament on Wednesday.
‘Subject to approval, the Regulations specifically state that activities relating to the sector are allowed to continue under Exceptions to leaving home: to undertake any of the following activities in connection with the purchase, sale, letting or rental of a residential property —
(i) visiting estate or letting agents, developer sales offices or show homes.
(ii) viewing residential properties to look for a property to buy or to rent.
(iii) preparing a residential property to move in.
(iv) moving to a new house.
(v) visiting a residential property to undertake any activities required for the rental or sale of that property.
‘Propertymarkis pleased that the importance of the sector has been recognised within arrangements for the coming period. We know that our members need clarity in order to support your staff and clients.’
Timothy Douglas, Propertymark’s policy and communications manager, commented: “Following the laying of regulations for national lockdown measures in England we are very pleased that the hard work of our members and the importance of the property sector has been recognised with exceptions in the rules for home moves as well as visits to branches and allowing agents to visit property to undertake any required activities. This is of course, subject to approval by Parliament. However, at this stage all the indications are that buying, selling and renting a home will continue and must be done in a COVID secure way and in accordance with the guidance.”
OneAgency are continuing to deliver on our award-winning service and assist our clients with their house moves across Stoke on Trent. We are monitoring the guidance to ensure the safety of our staff and clients.