Housing Market Set To Reopen
From today estate agents’ offices can open; viewings are permitted; show homes can open; removal companies and the other essential parts of the sales and letting process are re-started with immediate effect.
Since lockdown restrictions were implemented in March, an estimated 450,000 people 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 also 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 commit to returning to work safely, including working with their subcontractors to implement social distancing, as well as detailed safe working practices.
Janet Lalor, Director at Farnworth Rose Solicitors commented:
“This is positive news for the housing market in general and particularly for the thousands of people across East Lancashire 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.
We also expect to see new instructions increase as viewings and property valuations restart and we will be working alongside other local professionals to get people moving again in Pendle and Burnley.”
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
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