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Property market reopens from today

May 13, 2020

The property market in England is today reopen for socially distanced property viewings. New laws permit key house-hunting activities to resume so estate agents, show homes, surveyors and removal companies are able to go back to work. Working practices will need to be adapted to ensure social distancing is maintained and safety is at the forefront of any activity.

The Housing Secretary, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick said “Today 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.”

AFG LAW property director Carl Fletcher welcomes the news “Our property team at AFG have been working hard remotely for the past eight weeks and have been busy dealing with a whole range of client property matters. Robert Jenrick’s announcement allowing people to safely move home, let and rent properties again from today, as long as social distancing advice is followed, is the news many have been waiting for and will certainly be a boost to the economy.”

It is estimated that around 400,000 homes will be ready to resume their delayed transaction, so the property sector should brace itself for a very busy period.

Did you know that you can instruct a solicitor BEFORE you find a buyer and speed up the sales process? If you need to speak to someone about your property matters, please contact Carl in our Bolton office on his direct dial number which is 01204 377637 or Rhianne Williams in our Bury office on 0161 359 3890.