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Maitlands Covid 19 Update- November 2020 Lockdown

 

Following on from the Prime Minister’s announcement on Saturday regarding England entering a full lockdown as of Thursday morning, we wanted to reassure all of our clients, both new and existing that we are still very much OPEN FOR BUSINESS.

 

Whilst we wait for further guidance, we have been advised that clients are still able to move whilst in lockdown and we are still able to carry out viewings on properties for both sales and lettings as long as the social distancing guidelines are adhered to. We will be operating a “closed door” policy throughout all of our offices as of Thursday, so if you wish to pop into the office and see any of the team, then we will require you to book an appointment prior to your visit.

 

We understand that you may have lots of questions and we will do our best to answer as many of them as we can.  We are available view telephone, email, via our live chat functions on our website as well as our Facebook and Instagram pages.

 

For those of you that are unsure on the guidelines, please see below a summary of what we know so far.

 

A recent tweet from Housing secretary Robert Jenrick said:

“Q: Can I still move house? A: Yes- the housing market will remain open throughout this period.  Everyone should continue to play their part in reducing the spread of the virus by following the current guidance.”

 

That guidance, originally issued in August, says: “The process of searching for and moving into a new home is different because property agents, conveyancers and other professionals have modified how they work to reduce the risk from COVID-19. These changes could include doing more online, such as offering virtual viewings; vacating your current property during viewings; and ensuring your property is thoroughly cleaned before someone else moves in.

“We encourage all parties involved to be as flexible as possible and to be prepared to delay moves, for example if one of those involved becomes ill with COVID-19 during the moving process or has to self-isolate. It may become necessary to pause all home moves locally or nationally for a short period of time to manage the spread of coronavirus. We will let you know if this needs to happen.

“If you are about to enter into a legally binding contract, you should discuss the possible implications of COVID-19 with your legal professional and consider making contractual provisions to manage these risks. You should not expect to immediately be able to move into any home where people have COVID-19 or are self-isolating.

“Those renting a property, letting agents and landlords should be aware of and follow the government guidance on coronavirus and renting which contains further advice that may also be applicable such as on possession proceedings, repairs, maintenance and health and safety.”

For members of the public – prospective buyers and tenants, as well as vendors and landlords – the same government guidance note says: “You are free to move home. However, you may find the process of searching for and moving into a new home is different, as property agents, conveyancers and other professionals have modified how they work to reduce the risk from COVID-19.

“Initial viewings should be done virtually wherever possible. Property agents should be able to help you with this.

“Members of the public who are visiting an agent’s office or viewing a property should wear a suitable face covering as described in government guidance unless they are exempt from this requirement. This should be confirmed with the agent before arrival. Anyone with concerns should contact the agent in advance of their visit to discuss appropriate measures. The agent may require you to arrange an appointment before visiting the premises.

“All physical viewings where prospective buyers or renters will be entering the property should involve no more than 2 households inside the property at any one time. This includes any agent accompanying either party. Anyone in a support bubble with either household, however, will count as part of that household. 

“Please read the latest guidance on indoor gatherings and support bubbles.

Where prospective buyers who are currently from separate households wish to view the property on the same occasion, we advise that one household leaves the property to allow the other to enter. This allows for both households to view the property and ensures social distancing.

“Viewings should be arranged by appointment only and ‘open house’ viewings should not take place. When viewing properties in person, you should avoid touching surfaces wherever possible, wash your hands regularly and/or use hand sanitiser. If you need to be accompanied by small children, you should try to keep them from touching surfaces and ensure they wash their hands regularly.

If people are being shown around your home, you should open all internal doors and ensure surfaces, such as door handles, are cleaned after each viewing with standard household cleaning products.

“We recommend that you vacate your property while viewings are taking place in order to minimise unnecessary contact.

“Anyone involved in any aspect of the home-moving process should practice social distancing in line with public health advice.

“When moving between properties, you and those in your household should try to do as much of the packing yourself as you can. Where this is not possible, you should speak to removal firms in advance. There is further advice about this below.If you are particularly worried about the risk of infection, then speak to your landlord, estate agent or removers as they may be able to put extra precautionary measures in place.”

Information from Estate Agent Today 1st November 2020.

 

As mentioned previously, we are here to help you every step of the way, so if you have any questions or would like to discuss any concerns you may have, please feel free to get in touch with us at any time on the following details below:

Saltash                  01752 845396  saltash@maitlands.biz

Ivybridge             01752 895379 ivybridge@maitlands.biz

Plympton/Plymouth Hub: 01752 344322 or 661000 plympton@maitlands.biz or plymouth@maitlands.biz

Land & New Homes        01752 897900 newhomes@maitlands.biz

Moving Managers           01752 897901 movingmanagers@maitlands.biz

 

We will be releasing a copy of our updated company policy regarding valuations and viewings for your information very shortly.

 

Stay safe.

 

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