So we’re all back in lockdown from tomorrow. Most of us could see this coming – and half the country has been under Covid-restrictions for several weeks already - so it’s not much of a shock. But what is perhaps more of a surprise is how different we all feel this time around. Not so much blitz spirit as battle fatigue. It’s been a very long year for all of us – and it’s not over yet! But the good news is that for the property market – and our staff at Ringley – it’s business as usual.
The new national restrictions mean that, once again, many of us will be working from home. However, not only will our property managers continue to be leaseholders’ first port of call for enquiries and block-related issues but our surveyors will still be able to undertake valuations. Despite the lockdown, the MHCLG has confirmed that physical property inspections can continue to be carried out for mortgage lenders and for leaseholders wishing to extend their lease or buy their freehold.
So here are the current guidelines, as we understand them:
For members of the public - prospective buyers and tenants, as well as vendors and landlords:
Since the Spring, virtual viewings of both rental property and homes for sale have become the norm. This has kept the market moving despite additional restrictions. We think that, like Zoom meetings and virtual AGMs, in future they will continue, enabling people to easily filter out properties they are not interested in and create a shortlist of homes they want to view in real life.
We’ve all been living with this virus for some time now and are used to ensuring social distancing and excellent levels of hygiene in our offices and in the buildings we manage. We will continue to offer the whole range of our services and are relieved that this time round, the market remains open for business.
Author : Maryanne Bowring
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