Government announce the housing market will remain open during lockdown

Providing estate agents follow the latest guidance for employers and businesses on Covid-19 and safer working, the government have confirmed that estate agents may continue to operate during this second lockdown period. Meaning property viewings for prospect buyers and renters will continue.

A letter from the housing secretary Robert Jenrick has been issued which confirms his recent tweet explaining the housing market will remain open during this second lockdown period.

The letter was written by Jenrick with the executive chairman of the Home Builders Federation, Stewart Baseley, as well as chief executive of the Federation of Master Builders, Brian Berry, acknowledging the housing industry’s “determination to keep building, repairing, buying and selling the homes our country needs” during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A charter on safe working was published by the government earlier this year. The government worked with the housing industry to produce this simple and clear charter and their message is that it’s as applicable today as it was when it was published.

The ‘message to the housing industry’ is that “buying, selling and renting a home can continue, in a Covid-secure way, as it has in recent months”.

The letter added: “Estate and letting agents can operate, show homes and sales suites can remain open and property viewings, mortgage valuations and surveys can take place. Our guidance on moving home must be followed.

“Home repairs and maintenance can continue. There is government guidance on working in other people’s homes and the FMB has published guidance on carrying out building work.

“It is essential that building safety remediation work continues, too. MHCLG has written to local authority leaders emphasising that vital building safety work should continue as we prepare for, and move into, any future stage of the pandemic.

“We are committed to supporting the sector through this emergency to continue working safely to build, buy and sell the homes we all need.”