14 May 2020

Rental market reopens today after travel restrictions are lifted for landlords, tenants and agents

Short but hugely important changes were made to the key travel ban legislation last night, allowing tenants to move home again.

The government has pushed through legislative changes that will see the rental market re-open today.

In an obscure update to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020, landlords will now be free to let their properties and tenants now have the green light to move home.

This bill has been – and continues to be – used to restrict travel during the Coronavirus crisis and includes a short list of exemptions such as travelling to a hospital and to buy food.

This list has now been joined by five new exemptions that enable members of the public to visit both sales or lettings agencies, developers’ sales offices and show homes; view properties for sale or rent; prepare properties prior to moving in; and move home.

Agents and landlords are also allowed to visit any rental property to get them ready for sale, which means appraisals, property valuations and photography.

The new travel exemptions also apply to the sales market, and landlords will therefore be able to begin buying investment properties once more too.

“It’s great news for consumers and the industry that the housing market is being opened up and people can let, rent, buy and sell properties again,” say David Cox, Chief Executive of ARLA Propertymark and Mark Hayward, Chief Executive of NAEA Propertymark in a joint statement.

“Safety of course will be paramount, and we would encourage everyone to ensure that they follow Government guidelines closely to protect others and themselves.”

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