Walton Robinson, the Newcastle-based estate and letting agent, has welcomed the news that the public will be allowed to continue viewing, buying and letting properties, despite the implementation of a third national lockdown.
The government’s latest guidance, published ahead of the new national lockdown, states that the public may leave home to fulfil legal obligations or to carry out activities related to buying, selling, letting or renting a residential property.
Walton Robinson believes that in addition to supporting an important part of the economy, the guidance is an endorsement of the efforts made by the property sales and rental sector to keep its staff and the public safe during the pandemic.
In line with government guidance, the business has been offering virtual viewings and 360 online tours of its property portfolio throughout the pandemic and will continue to do so during the new national lockdown, which is expected to last until at least mid-February.
Walton Robinson has also implemented strict safety protocols for property viewers, including the wearing of PPE and strict social distancing during viewings. It also encourages homeowners to open windows to let fresh air in, and for property viewers to avoid touching surfaces wherever possible.
Mark Smith, Operations Director of Walton Robinson, said: “We welcome the news that the government’s latest guidance enables us to continue working despite tougher measures being imposed during the latest lockdown.
“Not only is this important to keeping the housing market moving, but it also endorses our industry and demonstrates that we have been operating safely.
“It gives both buyers and sellers the confidence that we are acting in a professional manner, and that we are doing all we can to ensure the safety of the public and our valued staff.”