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Official lockdown 2.0 guidance for estate agents… Posted On 04 November 2020

With the second lockdown imminent, let’s take a look at the rules for selling, renting and buying a property…

 

Lockdown 2.0 is due to start at midnight, however, the government has unveiled the public health regulations including exemptions which apply to estate agents. Under the ‘Exceptions to leaving home,’ rules, the property sector is following, buyers and sellers are allowed to:

 

  • Visit an estate or lettings agent, developer sales office or show home.
  • View residential properties to both buy and rent.
  • Prepare a residential property to move in.
  • Move house, including removals companies, etc.
  • Visit a residential property to undertake any activity required for the rental or sale of that property.

 

This is great news for the property sector as a whole, with purchases and sales still going through, and especially for those with complete and incomplete chains looking to move and take advantage of the Stamp Duty Holiday which expires next March.

 

The property market has been thriving since the first lockdown ended, and with the confirmation that it will stay open through lockdown 2.0, this should give even greater confidence that it is going to continue to perform well through the winter and into the Spring.

 

Social distancing rules will be in place in both offices and in residential homes including the use of face masks, hand sanitiser and keeping to the 2m rule. As an estate agent, we have already worked hard to implement all the social distancing rules needed for you to safely visit our office and whilst out on viewings and valuations, so you are safe.

 

Propertymark, the go-to organisation for any questions relating to property, has issued a statement through their policy and communications manager saying, “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.”

 

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