Formal guidance has been released by the government this morning, following the discover made last night by several media outlets that the housing market was heading back to work today.
COVID is still well rooted in the UK, and therefore it's not just a case of simply heading back to the office and booking dozens of appointments. We need to make sure that we work in a safe and responsible manner, and this will take some time to set-up.
The guidance released by the government is summarised below:
Agents are permitted to visit your property, but must adhere to social distancing guidelines. If any of your household are displaying symptoms or self-isolating then nobody should visit your home. We will have in place internal guidelines to protect our staff and clients, and will provide more details upon booking an appointment. You can arrange appointments here.
You are now permitted to travel to view a property for the purposes of purchasing it, or letting it. However, this process will be different and we intend to follow the government guidelines.
There is further detailed guidance relating to home moves, and surveys etc... that can be viewed here.
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Subject to any official announcements this looks like we will be able to work as 'normal' whilst observing social distancing measures.
Landlords must not grant or renew a tenancy after 1st April where the EPC rating is lower than an 'E'.
If the property you are buying is vacant you can continue with the transaction. If not you should work to agree an alternate date.