News broke yesterday that Regulations covering travel restrictions in England are being relaxed from today, Wednesday May 13th 2020, allowing lettings agents to carry out aspects of the lettings process.
The Government’s Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick confirmed that all work must be completed in line with social distancing and safety rules.
It is important to note at this stage that this information is in relation to England only and that restrictions are still in place in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Jenrick said in the release:
“Today [sic] I am announcing new guidelines to allow the housing market to resume. Our clear plan will enable people to move home safely, covering each aspect of the sales and letting process from viewings to removals.
“Our step by step plan is based on the latest guidance to ensure the safety and protection of everyone involved.
“This critical industry can now safely move forward, and those waiting patiently to move can now do so.”
We will keep you up-to-date with further information as it is released.
Learn more on the Government guidance here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/housing-secretary-sets-out-plan-to-re-start-housing-market
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