At midnight on the 12th March 2020 the Government amended the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020.

We as Estate Agents have a vital part to play in the country's economic recovery. In recognition of this the Government announced that we should be one of the first industries to emerge from the lockdown, we acknowledge the opportunity this gives us and equally understand that with it we carry a great responsibility. Our priority as always is the safety of our customers and staff alike and as such, although we are now once again working from our offices we will be initially conducting business from behind closed doors on an appointment only basis. Please do bear with us, we will be providing regular updates and publishing guidance on how we will be safely conducting Valuations and Viewings, Virtual and in person very soon.

The specific areas of guidance are as follows.

The role of Estate Agents and their specific activities were directly addressed under Regulation 6 - Restrictions on movement 

6.—(1) During the emergency period, no person may leave or be outside of the place where they are living without reasonable excuse.

           (2) For the purposes of paragraph (1), a reasonable excuse includes the need —

              (l) to undertake any of the following activities in connection with the purchase, sale, letting or rental of a residential property—

                   (i)visiting estate or letting agents, developer sales offices or show homes;

                  (ii)viewing residential properties to look for a property to buy or rent;

                 (iii)preparing a residential property to move in;

                 (iv)moving home;

                 (v)visiting a residential property to undertake any activities required for the rental or sale of that property