COVID-19 Bulletin

COVID-19 Bulletin

COVID-19 Bulletin

The Government has confirmed that the housing market in England will stay open during the November 2020 Lockdown.

What this means:

  • Renters and homeowners will be able to move.
  • Removal firms and estate and lettings agents can operate.
  • Viewings and valuations of residential properties to buy and rent can continue through the national lockdown period.
  • Tradespeople will be able to enter homes.

However, we will continue to follow the existing COVID-19 safety guidance:

  • Although our staff will be in our offices our doors will be closed with visitors strictly by appointment only.
  • Where possible paperwork will be completed online.
  • Routine visits to our Fully Managed Tenented properties will be carried out by telephone or virtual visits.
  • Maintenance will be carried out on a priority basis.
  • Those completing viewings, including agents, will wear masks and must not present any COVID-19 symptoms including a cough. Viewings will not commence if the correct PPE is not used.
  • If possible, agents will wait outside while viewings are completed, or in different parts of a house if it is large enough.  A two-meter distance must be maintained at all times.
  • Potential buyers/applicants will not be allowed to touch surfaces including doorknobs.  Agents will carry wipes and disinfectant to clean surfaces upon arrival and leaving the property.
  • Only two people will be able to attend viewings - children and other members of a family will not be able to attend.
  • Do not shake hands.
  • A maximum time limit of 15 minutes per viewing.
  • Hand washing must be completed before and as soon as possible after a viewing.

Dorset Property staff are always happy to give any guidance you may need and help you during this period of lockdown, but you may also find the following link useful:

Government Guidance for Landlords and Tenants

If you have any specific concerns please feel free to contact us by phone or by email:

T: 01258 452444


Added: 6th November 2020

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