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Lockdown regulations mean agents can continue Covid-secure working

Lockdown regulations mean agents can continue Covid-secure working

Wednesday 6th January 2021
Letting Agent Today

Letting agents and the rental market in England are still in business even during the national lockdown already in force.

The government's official guidance for England says that agents, as with all other workers, are advised to work from home wherever possible. But specifically it says:

You can still move home. People outside your household or support bubble should not help with moving house unless absolutely necessary.

Estate and letting agents and removals firms can continue to work. If you are looking to move, you can go to property viewings.

Follow the national guidance on moving home safely, which includes advice on social distancing, letting fresh air in, and wearing a face covering.

The lockdown is scheduled to end in mid-February, and resembles the March/April 2020 lockdown in terms of the closure of most other services around the country.

And Mark Hayward - Propertymark's chief advisor - says: "We welcome the news that the housing market is to remain open throughout this new lockdown period, but it is essential that all agents continue to play their part in reducing the spread of the virus through following all relevant guidance on how to safely conduct viewings.

"It is vital that agents operate in accordance with government and Propertymark guidelines to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, keep movers and buyers safe and keep the housing market moving through these uncertain times."