13 May

Estate agents back to work today as new laws permit key house-hunting activities

Estate agents back to work today as new laws permit key house-hunting activities

The housing market in England has been given the green light to reopen after seven weeks of lockdown, with renters and buyers allowed to move home and view properties as long as they observe physical distancing.

Under new regulations, key activities relating to moving home will be permitted, allowing estate agents to get back to work.

The rules, which come into force on Wednesday 13th May, are a substantial change as the UK housing market had been all but frozen during lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, with nearly half a million people estimated to have been unable to progress their plans to move.

People were only allowed to move home where it was “reasonably necessary”, agents were banned from listing new properties and house hunters have only been able to make online viewings.

Under amendments to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) regulations in England, a reasonable excuse for being away from home will be expanded to include visiting estate or letting agents, viewing residential properties, preparing a residential property to move in or sell, or moving home.

Buyers, renters, sellers and estate agents are likely to have to take extra precautions, including keeping 2 metres apart during viewings.

Safety remains absolutely paramount and we urge everyone to ensure that they continue to follow up to date Government guidelines closely to protect themselves and others. 

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