MHCLG confirm housing industry can continue to work securely
MHCLG alongside the Home Builders Federation and Federation of Master Builders has released a letter to the housing industry confirming that England's housing market will remain open during the country's second lockdown, as long as those involved continue to work securely and follow public health guidance.
This follows a tweet made by Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, who confirmed that the housing market would indeed remain open.
Message to the Housing Industry
Parts of the official correspondance has been shown below, with the full version available here.
"House building – and its supply chains – should continue working securely. The Government is clear that work can continue if this is done in line with public health guidance. Construction and other site workers can go to work. Care should be taken to respect social distancing while travelling to and from work as well as in the workplace....
...Buying, selling and renting a home can continue, in a COVID-secure way, as it has in recent months. 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".
What does this mean for Energy Assessors and Surveyors?
In summary energy assessments and additional activities related to house moves can take place during the England lockdown period (5th November to 2nd December).
Those in Wales are reminded that they are currently unable to undertake energy assessments unless the dwelling is empty at the time of the assessment due to the current 'firebreak lockdown'. More information about this is available on our Covid-19 FAQs. Our members in Scotland are required to operate under regional restrictions, with a 5 tiered approach, and should seek local advice. Northern Ireland did tighten restrictions in mid october however activities relating to house moves can still take place.
Elmhurst's Managing Director, Martyn Reed, comments: "It is good to see that the government is keeping the housing market moving, during this second lockdown in England. The first lockdown was difficult for many Energy Assessors who were unable to continue working due to the tighter restrictions and closure of estate agents and construction sites. The safety of our members remains paramount which is why we are encouraging them to continue to use our own guidance which provides information about how Energy Assessors can continue to work safely within properties".