The government’s three-tier system in England means that COVID-19-related restrictions are applied on a local basis depending on the severity of outbreaks. But how exactly does this impact you?
As things stand, estate agents remain open and physical property viewings are still allowed. And the government has issued comprehensive advice for estate agents on how to operate in a COVID-19-secure way.
NAEA Propertymark’s chief executive, Mark Hayward, said: “The new three-tier COVID-19 restriction approach has not changed the guidance for estate agents.
“All agencies should strictly adhere to all guidance previously issued by the ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and NAEA Propertymark, unless instructed otherwise in future.”
But the three-tier system may deter appetite for property viewings in parts of the country.
Here’s more detail on what the rules could mean for you in England:
On property viewings, these measures include wearing of face coverings, regular hand washing, keeping doors and windows open for good ventilation, and only two prospective buyers/renters from the same household entering a property at a time.
First minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that a new five-tier system will come into force in Scotland on 2 November. Tiers two to four will largely match the English system, with tier one for lower risk areas and tier five imposing tougher restrictions.
In Wales, the Welsh government is introducing a nationwide ‘firebreak lockdown’, which will see a series of new restrictions put in place from 23 October until 9 November. They include the closure of estate agencies and a ban on property viewings. However, removals and other services required for moving home will be permitted, but should be avoided if possible.
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