Government to reopen housing market, as house moves and viewings resume

The UK government has announced that from Wednesday anyone in England can move house if they follow the new guidance. When the lockdown was announced in March, more than 450,000 people’s home-moving plans were put on hold. But from today, estate agents can reopen, show homes can reopen and removal companies are able to restart.

People can now move house again, after a change in Government guidance that had put plans on hold since March.

From Wednesday anyone in England can buy or rent a new property, in the latest unlocking of strict social distancing measures.

Estate agents’ offices will be able to reopen, with home viewings also permitted.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “Today I am announcing new guidelines to allow the housing market to resume. Our clear plan will enable people to move home safely, covering each aspect of the sales and letting process from viewings to removals.

“Our step by step plan is based on the latest guidance to ensure the safety and protection of everyone involved.”

Requirements for in-person viewings include:

  • Visits must be by appointment only
  • Open house viewings should not take place
  • Speculative viewings where buyers or tenants are not serious yet are highly discouraged
  • All parties should follow strict social distancing guidelines
  • All internal doors should be opened where possible
  • The current occupier should vacate the property for the duration of the visit
  • All involved should wash their hands
  • Once viewing has taken place all surfaces, including door handles, should be thoroughly cleaned

Source: The Telegraph