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Landlords welcome opening of housing market

Article Posted - 13th May 2020


Landlords are today welcoming the government’s decision to open up the housing market, which will include the lettings market.

Landlords can now hold viewings and allow tenants to move in and out of rental homes – provided they follow social distancing measures.

Ben Beadle, chief executive of the NRLA, said: “Tenants will now be able to look for a new home and move into it whilst those landlords who have unexpectedly faced empty properties will be able to put them back on the market.

“It is vital though that all viewings and house moves take place safely and in line with the Government’s guidance. We will continue to work with the government, landlords and others to ensure that the risks of spreading coronavirus are minimised.”

Announcing that the market would reopen Housing Secretary 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.”

The guidance

The government has this morning issued more detailed guidance. It states:

The full guidance can be accessed here.

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