From today, 13 May 2020, the housing market is back open. Estate agents’ offices can reopen; viewings are again permitted; show homes can open; removal companies and the other essential parts of the sales and letting process can be re-started with immediate effect.
Since lockdown restrictions were implemented in March, an estimated 450,000 people nationwide have been unable to progress their plans to move house. All buyers and renters will now be able to complete their moves.
A new Charter has been launched by the Government and the Home Builders Federation, helping construction sites reopen in line with latest health and safety guidance. Construction companies signing up to the Charter are committed to returning to work safely, including working with their subcontractors to implement social distancing, as well as detailed safe working practices.
“This is positive news for the housing market in general and particularly for thousands of people across Yorkshire who have been waiting to complete their move. Our property department has continued to operate throughout lockdown, moving clients towards exchange of contracts and we are now ready to get them into their new homes.”
Anees added: “We are also going to open our Hillsborough and Barnsley Offices as soon as protective screens are installed to help clients to instruct us or progress their existing matters safely. Our firm has invested heavily in personal protection equipment to ensure it is safe for the general public to visit our offices. In the meantime you can contact our property team on their usual direct numbers or by calling 0114 256 1560.”
The full list of activities now permitted in relation to the property market are:
- Visiting estate or letting agents, developer sales offices or show homes
- Viewing residential properties to look for a property to buy or rent
- Preparing a residential property to move in
- Moving home
- Visiting a residential property to undertake any activities required for the rental or sale of that property
If you’re looking to sell your house, buy a new home or invest in new property, please get in touch. We’re here to help.