The property market has been ‘re-opened’ by the Government and Estate Agents, Solicitors, Removals firms and other property professionals can start work again. However, we have been issued with strict guidance in connection with viewings, valuations, PPE and Covid-19 protection.

As part of this process we have issued guidance to sellers, buyers, landlords and tenants on viewings. The viewing and valuation process will need to be controlled to prevent the potential spread of the virus. We are in the process of making sure our offices are ‘altered’ to protect our staff and ensure they all have the correct PPE. Monitoring the health and well being of our staff and customers is of primary importance.

Throughout lockdown, we have operated a full remote service, with staff/management working from home. This will continue, and we will be fully accessible by phone or email.

We will be offering virtual viewings and valuations initially. If you have requested to view a house we will contact you over the next few days to book the appointment.

We thank you for your compliance with the lockdown rules and your patience and hope that the market can return to normal as rapidly as possible.

We know that many of you will have concerns and questions about what the coronavirus outbreak means for your upcoming move, and so we hosted a live talk to try and help.

Understandably we’ve seen things move more slowly over the past few weeks after what was an extremely busy start to the year, and we’ve seen some property sales fall through.

We want you to know that we take your well being seriously. We have assessed what we can do to reassure you that we are taking the current coronavirus issue seriously to minimise the risk to you and our team. Should the government increase control and that impacts on our ability to perform for a period we have the following measures in place:

How to find a tenant quickly to prevent a void period.

No one wants an empty house. One of the main worries that many landlords experience is the possibility that a month or more will pass between lets without any rental income. It is crucial to minimise void periods where possible by acting fast and making sure you get the next tenant for your property. It is inevitable that circumstances will change and people will move on but there are quick and easy steps to reduce void periods.

What do proposed changes to Section 21 mean for landlords and tenants?

On Sunday 21 July this year, the Government announced that they had launched their consultation on the abolition of Section 21. The consultation, which will only cover England, will be open for 12 weeks closing on Saturday 12 October.

In the consultation, the Government proposes to remove Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs) from the Housing Act 1988, essentially making assured tenancies the only type of tenancy available to landlords.

In the proposal that the Government has put forward, tenants will have the option of agreeing to a fixed-term assured tenancy, which means both parties are committed to a predetermined time or a periodic assured tenancy. In the case where a fixed-term tenancy has not been terminated by the tenant or the landlord using the Section 8 Notice process, it is possible for it to be renewed to a new fixed term. If this doesn’t happen, it will automatically revert to an assured periodic tenancy.

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