COVID 19 Advice. November 2020
The Government advises that the housing market can remain open during the new lockdown. We will continue to work with our clients in a sensible and orderly manner protecting them, our staff and other members of the community.
It has now been confirmed England will move into a lockdown next week – however you can still move house if you need to. Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said businesses crucial to the housing market can also continue to operate while following health and safety rules. Writing on Twitter, Mr Jenrick said: ‘Housing market update ahead of Thursday’s measures: Renters & homeowners will be able to move; Removal firms and estate agents can operate; Construction sites can and should continue; Tradespeople will be able to enter homes. ‘But all must follow the Covid safety guidance.’ Under current circumstances relevant businesses, such as estate agents and removal companies, have been asked to implement their own Covid-19 safety rules. These measures could include offering virtual viewings, vacating your current property during viewings, and ensuring your property is thoroughly cleaned before someone else moves in. You will need to contact your agency to find out what measures they have in place. Those who are visiting an agent’s office or viewing a property should wear a face covering. All physical viewings where prospective buyers or renters will be entering the property should involve no more than two households inside the property at any one time – this includes the estate agent. Open house viewings are not allowed.