New details on how private viewings may be conducted under Alert Level 3 have been outlined by government.
In this fast-moving environment, private viewings at vacant rental properties were initially given the greenlight on Wednesday.
But today the government has confirmed that viewings can also now happen at tenanted properties. Albeit, under strict guidelines.
These include getting consent from the current tenants and landlord, ensuring that only one person (if they’re not from the same bubble) are inside the dwelling at any one time, and ensuring that a maximum of two viewings take place on any one day.
The government has also confirmed that routine inspections will be prohibited until Alert Level 2 but that property inspections in emergency situations will be allowed.
Below is a summary of what property managers should be able to do under Alert Level 3, which commences next Tuesday 28th March:
Summary of Alert Level 3 Guidelines for Property Managers
– Both emergency maintenance or other non-emergency maintenance work (with the tenant(s) consent) can take place with safety protocols employed. If the work is not urgent you should consider postponing the job until a later date.
– Tenants can move properties at Alert Level 3 and hire movers to assist them if safety practices are employed
– Property managers can do appraisals of properties with the tenants and landlord’s consent, if safety practices are employed
– Property managers can have agreements signed and pass over keys in a contactless way
– Private viewings can take place in vacant properties if safety precautions are employed. A maximum of two viewings per property can happen on one day.
– Private viewings can take place in tenanted properties if you gain the current tenant(s) consent and the landlord’s consent, ensure that only one person (if they’re not from the same bubble) are inside the dwelling at any one time and safety precautions are employed. A maximum of two viewings per property can happen on one day.
– Routine inspections will be prohibited under Alert Level 3. But emergency inspections will be allowed.