What do the new restrictions mean for home movers?

15th October 2020

What do the new restrictions mean for home movers?

With most of Surrey currently on Tier 1 (medium alert), property viewings can continue to take place, albeit whilst adhering to all anti-coronavirus measures. 

With the news today confirming London, Essex, Elmbridge (Surrey), Barrow in Furness, York, North East Derbyshire, Chesterfield and Erewash are to move to Tier 2 (high alert) we thought we would look at what impact this would have on those looking to sell, rent or view a property. 

Anyone living in a Tier 2 area must follow all of the Tier 1 rules and also not meet with anybody outside of their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, including their home or a public place. However, the current government advice states that in-person property viewings can still take place, with appropriate precautions. For our latest advice on viewings click here

Tier 3 (very high alert) is reserved for areas where transmission rates of Covid-19 are causing the greatest concern. Although government guidelines don’t currently state that in-person viewings are banned it is likely that some estate agents, sellers, renters and buyers may decide to undertake virtual viewings and valuations again, which of course we are more than happy to arrange.  Details of how this works can be found here

Mark Hayward, chief executive, NAEA Propertymark comments: “The new three tier Covid restriction approach has not changed the guidance for estate agents. All agencies should strictly adhere to all guidance previously issued by MHCLG and NAEA Propertymark, unless instructed otherwise in future."

Should you have any questions surrounding these changes please do not hesitate to contact your nearest branch.  The safety of our clients and staff is of paramount importance.  We will be keeping a close eye on guidance and adapting to changes in policy as and when instructed.   

For all the latest Government advice on home moving click here.  

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