Housing market in Wales set to reopen

The First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, has today confirmed that the housing market in Wales will be reopened from Monday 22nd June, as part of the Welsh Government's plan to restart the economy.

This follows yesterday's announcement from Scotland, which confirmed that they were heading into phase 2 of their lockdown exit plan. The First Minister, stated at today's coronavirus briefing that from Monday 22nd June "The housing market can begin to reopen – house viewings can take place in vacant properties, and sales which were postponed, can be completed".

This is good news for Energy Assessors operating in Wales who, from next week, can once again begin to engage with the home moving process. 

Coronavirus regulations: changes from Monday 22 June

As of 22 June, it is a reasonable excuse to leave your local area or be indoors with other persons in order to:

  • move house
  • prepare a property for someone to move in
  • visit an estate or letting agent, developer sales office or show home in connection with the purchase, sale or rental of an unoccupied property
  • view an unoccupied property with a view to buying or renting it

The Welsh Government is providing detailed guidance for the public and the industry about moving home. This will include recommendations about the thorough cleaning of properties that are for sale or rent to lower the risk of transmission of coronavirus.

Stuart Fairlie, Technical and Operations Director at Elmhurst Energy, comments: “We are pleased to see that Welsh Government has taken the decision to reopen the Welsh housing market which is likely to stimulate the demand for energy assessments in the country. Elmhurst advise all Members in Wales to follow the latest guidance provided by Welsh Government and to take precautionary measures to protect both themselves and their clients".

Elmhurst will communicate further advice and guidance provided by Welsh Government to members, as soon as it becomes available.

First Minister announces further steps to unlock Wales: https://gov.wales/first-minister-announces-further-steps-to-unlock-wales

Changes coming from 22nd: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-changes-monday-22-june

Article published: 19/06/2020

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