LOCKDOWN II – WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR THE PROPERTY MARKET?
4 November 2020
We now have clarity on the extent to which the new lockdown will further restrict the housing market and limit the way we operate – and to all intents and purposes, thankfully it won’t. We will still be here in our offices or WFH helping clients and customers with their home moves, albeit whilst we remain open for business, our offices remain shut to the public for now, other than by appointment.
Last Saturday, Housing minister Robert Jenrick revealed – on
Twitter, where else? – “that ‘the housing market will remain open throughout
this period. Everyone should continue to play their part in reducing the spread
of the virus by following the current guidance”. He also later tweeted
that both removal firms and estate agents will be ‘able to operate’.
Later, on Tuesday, The Public
Health Regulations which underpin the second national lockdown in England were
revealed. The Regulations specifically state that activities relating to the
housing market are allowed to continue.
People are “permitted to
undertake any of the following activities in connection with the purchase,
sale, letting or rental of a residential property—
(i) visit estate or letting
agents, developer sales offices or show homes;
(ii) view residential properties
to look for a property to buy or to rent;
(iii) prepare a residential
property to move in;
(iv) move house;
(v) visit a residential property
to undertake any activities required for the rental or sale of that property.”
This means that we can continue
to conduct our business whilst following our existing protocols, which limit
viewers to only those likely to make an offer; limit attendees of viewings to
no more than two adults from the same household; and require everyone attending
to wear face-masks, avoid touching surfaces and ensure hands are sanitised or
washed both before and after the viewing.
We appreciate that these are
uncertain times, and our heartfelt sympathies lie with those whose health or
livelihoods have been affected by the pandemic and lockdown. We remain
committed to providing quality advice and service to our clients and customers –
so, if we can help you with a property-related matter, please give us a call.