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Wales partially reopens the housing market

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The Welsh Government has issued new guidance for those in the process of buying, selling and renting residential property during the coronavirus lockdown, as the housing market begins to partially reopen in Wales.

To summarise, the guidance advises:

  • All residential property viewings should take place virtually in the first instance;
  • where a physical viewing of a vacant residential property (which has been vacated for 72 hours or deep cleaned) is required, this should be by appointment only and be attended by people from the same household;
  • no speculative viewings should take place;
  • open house viewings are not permissible;
  • no-one should be part of a property viewing if they are shielding, or if they are or have been displaying coronavirus symptoms in the last 14 days;
  • estate and letting agents should follow the workplace guidance for employers and employees;
  • the length of time that a property viewing can be carried out should be minimised;
  • once the viewing has taken place, the landlord or agent responsible for accompanying the viewing should clean the property;
  • workplace guidance for employers and employees should be considered at all times.

James Pearn, Partner and Head of Property at Loosemores Solicitors commented:

“We are working hard to ensure that our clients receive the best advice on the options available to them. As the residential housing market begins to recover, our priority is the health and safety of our clients and the communities we serve and to progress your transaction where we can. If you need help understanding what the latest guidance means for your residential conveyancing, please contact us today.”

For more information please read the full press release.

If you need any specialist advice from our team of legal experts about the impact of coronavirus on your property transaction, please email or call us on 02920 224433. 

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