10:14 AM, 23rd July 2021, About 2 months ago
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.
While much of step 4 will involve voluntary guidance, we are keeping a few key protections in place. This applies both to those moving home and those working in the industry.
You should not expect to immediately be able to move into any home where people have COVID-19 or are self-isolating. There is a greater risk that home moves may need to be delayed if someone shows symptoms of COVID-19 or is self-isolating.
Those who identify as clinically extremely vulnerable are able to move home. However, they should consider their personal situation and the circumstances of their move and may wish to seek medical advice before deciding whether to commit to or go ahead with a move. Some moves are likely to be lower risk – for instance if the home is empty, all travel can take place in their own transport and they can avoid contact with others. Vulnerable people may require additional measures to help keep them safe. These could include, for example, a limit on the number of visitors or the wearing of face coverings. Read the guidance from 19 July for clinically extremely vulnerable people.
Aside from self-isolation rules as detailed below, there are no legal limits on the households which may view a home in person. We would, however, continue to recommend that you take advantage of any opportunities to view homes remotely before committing to view in person.
You should consider wearing a face covering while you are viewing a property. If you would like people to wear a face covering when they view your property, you should make this clear.
Tradespeople in the home
Tradespeople can continue to work in other people’s homes unless customers or tradespeople are self-isolating, as detailed above.
Members of the public should ensure their homes are clean and safe before tradespeople enter. This may involve cleaning items being carried by removals firms, wiping surfaces such as worktops and door handles, ensuring rooms are well ventilated and seeking to delay work if either party is showing COVID-19 symptoms.
Self-isolating and quarantine
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