Moving home is now allowed as curbs lift on estate agents all over England. The government has set out plans to restart England’s housing market, which has been in deep freeze since the coronavirus lockdown. Estate agents can now open, viewings can be carried out and removal firms and conveyancers can restart operations now lockdown rules have eased slightly. Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said the changes must be carried out under social distancing and safety rules. “Our clear plan will enable people to move home safely, covering each aspect of the sales and letting process, from viewings to removals.”

Property website Zoopla previously estimated that about 373,000 property sales had been put on hold during lockdown – with a total value of £82bn. Experts say this announcement will test the housing sector’s hope, and belief, that a wave of pent-up demand amongst buyers and renters is ready to be released.  This critical industry can now safely move forward, and those waiting patiently to move can now do so.

Miles Shipside, from property portal Rightmove, said he expects digital viewings to remain popular.


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