U.K. housing market will remain open throughout lockdown
The U.K. government announced that we will be in a national 4 week lockdown in an attempt to control the coronavirus staring the 5th of November. This has meant that all non-essential shops and business will need to close from this date.
However, the U.K government have confirmed that the housing market will remain open.
Estate agencies can remain open. They must they adhere to the stablished safer working guidelines regarding covid19. This means that all prospective buyers and renters are still able to attend viewings safely.
Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has written a joint letter. Jenrick, Stewart Baseley (executive chairman of the Home builders Federation) and Brian Berry (executive of the Federation of master Builders) stating that the housing market will continue to operate throughout the second lockdown. The industry will continue to “build, repair, buy and sell homes” as the country needs.
The letter also states that estate and lettings agents can still operate show homes and sales suites. Property viewings, mortgage valuations and surveys can also still take place.
Jenrick’s letter argues that building maintenance and construction are vital during this time. We must be prepared for any future situations regarding the pandemic.