Estate Agents Still Open During Second Lockdown

Published: 01/11/2020

The property market has been excluded from the national lockdown allowing estate agents to remain open during the second lockdown, due to come into effect on Thursday 5th November.

While we don't know the full details of the lockdown, due to be revealed later this week, Housing minister Robert Jenrick revealed on Twitter – “that 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”.

Letting agents will also still be able to manage their properties because tradespeople like electricians, plumbers, repairers of domestic appliances can enter your home, Jenrick also revealed.

“They will need to follow social distancing guidance that has already been published.”

He also later tweeted that renters will also be able to move home and that both removal firms and estate agents will be ‘able to operate’. It's yet to be confirmed if the branches can remain open but it's likely this is one of the details that will be clarified i nthe coming days.

Mark Hayward imageMark Hayward, Chief Executive, NAEA Propertymark (left), says: “We welcome the news that the housing market is to remain open throughout this second lockdown period, and it is essential that all agents continue to play their part in reducing the spread of the virus through following all relevant guidance.

“Agents must operate in accordance with government and Propertymark guidelines, to keep the market moving through these uncertain times.”