Property markets to remain open during Lockdown
Following announcements made yesterday, both England and Scotland have introduced a new national lockdown from today (January 5th). Although this lockdown is very similar to the one imposed back in March, the property market (commercial and residential), this time, will remain open.
With the property market open this means that people looking to move home will be able to both continue with planned moves and view new properties to move into in the future. Those involved in facilitating a house move (property agents, energy assessors, surveyors etc) can enter properties to carry out/deliver essential work or services, but should follow relevant guidance on home moving (as well as working in other people's homes) which is available on government websites.
As with England and Scotland, Wales (which is currently in alert level 4) and Northern Ireland's housing markets continue to remain open.
Elmhurst's Technical and Operations Director, Stuart Fairlie, comments: "We welcome the news that the property market is to remain open throughout this new lockdown period for England and Scotland, but it is important that Energy Assessors play their part in reducing the spread of the virus by consulting the most up to date guidance released by government, and by considering their own business processes. This will not only ensure their safety, but the safety of their clients. Elmhurst will continue to update it's Covid-19 FAQs which provides links to importance guidance documents, and will also continue to inform members about any updates where possible. Elmhurst Members should also consult our own practical guidance document, which lists what should be considered when undertaking a Covid secure property visit".
Covid-19 Stay at Home Guidance (England): https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home
Covid-19 Stay at Home Guidance (Scotland):https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/
Advice on Home Moving (England): https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-advice-on-home-moving-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak
Advice on Home Moving (Scotland): https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-moving-home/
Advice on Home Moving (Wales): https://gov.wales/moving-home-during-coronavirus-pandemic
Advice on Home Moving (Northern Ireland): https://www.communities-ni.gov.uk/publications/advice-home-moving-during-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak