Now that Wales is in a short lockdown period again, the Welsh government has given details of how it will affect the rentals and sales house moving process.
During the 16 day lockdown, that started yesterday at 6pm, the housing market will be severely restricted. All non-essential, non-food businesses must close their premises and visits to properties will be outlawed.
For clarity, the Welsh Government have issued a set of frequently asked questions relating to our industry…
Can home moves take place?
Yes, if people can’t delay the moving date until after the short lockdown period is over. Associated activities, for example, removals processes, property preparation, handover of keys, surveys and valuations can also take place in line with guidance on working in other people’s homes.
Can home viewings take place?
No. Property viewings cannot take place during the circuit breaker period and high street estate agencies are required to close. Virtual viewings can continue.
Can a mortgage survey be done at a property?
Surveyors should not enter occupied properties during the lockdown period. Vacant properties can be entered, and street level surveys can take place.
The lockdown will not affect a landlord’s obligations in relation to urgent repairs and maintenance, but discretion and common sense should be exercised for non-essential works says the Welsh Government.