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Tightened restrictions for working from home and in people’s homes

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The housing market can continue during lockdown in England

Tuesday 05 January 2021

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, today, 4 January, announced England will move to a new national lockdown that requires, under UK Coronvirus Alert Level 5, people must stay at home, except for limited exceptions.

House moves are a limited exception and, therefore, will still be permitted to go ahead. Guidance issued by the UK Government states people can still move home, however, people outside a household or support bubble should not help with moving, unless absolutely necessary.

Estate and letting agents and removal firms can continue to work with property viewings still also allowed if anyone is looking to move.

It has been stressed the importance of following the national guidance on moving home safely, which includes advice on social distancing, letting fresh air in, and wearing a face covering.

Housing market activity returned on 12 May 2020 in England and has continued ever since due to the Government's belief in the importance of the sector and confidence that agents are operating safely. Propertymark will continue to make the case that housing market activity is being delivered safely and in line with guidance. 

National lockdown details

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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 by 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.

Mark Hayward

Mark Hayward
Propertymark Chief Policy Advisor

PROPERTYMARK GUIDANCE

As the property sector remains open, Propertymark continues to review the relevant guidance and has created overlaying best practice guidance to support working safely and effectively.

Propertymark guidance