Government confirms housing market still open
Robert Jenrick, the secretary of state for housing has confirmed that the housing market in England will remain open during the November with viewings and valuations permitted during November’s lockdown. The second national lockdown will run from Thursday 5th November until 2nd December in a bid to curb the rise in coronavirus cases across the country. Jenrick has tweeted that renters and homeowners will still be able to move during this period. He has also said estate agents and removal firms should continue to operate while following Covid safety guidance. The decision has been welcomed by experts across the industry, and marks a change of approach compared to the first lockdown.
However, the Government has not yet confirmed if high street agencies’ premises fall under essential, or non-essential shops, and has not determined whether they can remain open or will be required to close their doors. Those agencies without a shop-front presence, such as House Fox, will continue trading as normal.
Mark Hayward, chief executive of NAEA Propertymark, said: ‘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.’
House Fox will continue to offer valuations and viewings as normal with the strict safety measures
that have been in place since the market opened in April. ‘The wellbeing of our staff, and our sellers and buyers are of paramount importance to us,’ says Neil Urch, managing Director of House Fox Estate Agents. ‘After such a busy summer with record numbers of sales and new instructions it is important for us to continue working to ensure that our customers’ sales go as smoothly as possible.’
House moves still allowed
Moving house was banned during the first national lockdown in March, but will be allowed during the second lockdown in England. Removal firms can still carry out their work as long as they adhere to social distancing guidelines. This will come as a welcome relief to people who have secured purchases or sales and are looking forward to moving into a new home this month. Under the new rules, people will still be allowed to move home throughout England, but only when moving to a permanent primary address.
However, the government website, GOV.UK,
states that it may become necessary to pause all home moves locally or nationally for a short period of time to manage the spread of coronavirus.
If you are due to move home over the next month we are happy to advise you. Please stay safe, and feel free to call us.