Wales lockdown to impact Energy Assessors
It is clear that Energy Assessors working in Wales will be severely impacted by the announcement from the Welsh Government that Wales is to introduce a “firebreak” of restrictive measures from 6pm Friday 23 October until the start of Monday 9 November 2020 .
The Welsh Government advice related to home moves is;
Can I move home?
Yes, if you can’t delay the moving date until after the short lockdown period is over.
Associated activities, for example, removals processes, property preparation, handover of keys, surveys and valuations can also take place in line with guidance on working in other people’s homes.
Can home viewings take place?
No. Property viewings cannot take place during the circuit breaker period and high street estate agencies are required to close. Virtual viewings can continue.
Can a mortgage survey be done at my property?
Surveyors should not enter occupied properties during the lockdown period. Vacant properties can be entered and street level surveys can take place.
In this context Energy Assessors should be aligned with other Surveyors and therefore if the house move can be delayed it should be but, if it can’t and an energy assessment is required, then this can only be done on an unoccupied property with all the normal Covid Secure safeguards in place.
Elmhurst would like to remind their members of the recently updated guidance which can be found on Access Elmhurst. This document provides information about how to complete energy assessments safely and is based on the official guidance provided by government.
The statement from the Welsh Government can be found here