The housing market has been excluded from the national lockdown, avoiding a repeat performance of the damaging first pandemic deep freeze.
Although the full details of the lockdown are be revealed later this week, on Saturday Housing minister Robert Jenrick revealed – characteristically on Twitter – “that ‘the housing market will remain open throughout this period. Everyone should continue to play their part in reducing the spread of the virus by following the current guidance”.
Letting agents will also still be able to manage their properties because tradespeople like electricians, plumbers, repairers of domestic appliances can enter your home, Jenrick also revealed.
“They will need to follow social distancing guidance that has already been published.”
He also later tweeted that renters will also be able to move home and that both removal firms and estate agents will be ‘able to operate’ although his press spokesperson would not elaborate on whether branches can remain open and an announcement on this will follow in next few days.
Mark Hayward, Chief Executive, NAEA Propertymark (left), says: “We welcome the news that the housing market is to remain open throughout this second lockdown period, and it is essential that all agents continue to play their part in reducing the spread of the virus through following all relevant guidance.
“Agents must operate in accordance with government and Propertymark guidelines, to keep the market moving through these uncertain times.”
Peter Scott commented - " This is very welcome news. The last six months housing market has been strong with many sales agreed. It's comforting to know these and future transactions can still progress to completion despite the national lockdown." 2nd November 2020.