As the government takes its first cautious steps to move us gradually out of lockdown, the housing secretary, Robert Jenrick, has given permission for estate agents in England to reopen and for property viewings to restart. This will be welcome news to all those people who have been waiting to move for the past couple of months, but there are some issues that will still need to be considered.
As the global Covid-19 pandemic continues, certain formerly niche words are working their way into the mainstream. Two months ago no-one knew what ‘furlough’ meant, while ‘isolation’ was something endured by high-security prisoners or Alaskan hunters. Another term you might be hearing a lot at the moment is ‘rent holiday’. But what does it actually mean, and as a tenant should you be asking your landlord for one?
Let’s settle one thing. Before we move property, we want to view the inside (and out) to check if it is fit for purpose. One thing that may split the public view is how we view a potential property. Yes, with the internet age offering seemingly unlimited opportunities, there is another way to view a property, virtually. Many estate agents are becoming tech savvy and offering an alternative way to view their properties with virtual property viewings.
As with so many other sectors at the moment, the private rented sector is keeping the hatches battened down and trying to adapt to a fast-changing and unpredictable situation. A safe place to live is hugely important right now, and landlords have found their business affected both by the virus itself and by the various legislative and lockdown measures that have been rushed into force to try and slow its spread.