Looking for new tenants under the latest COVID-19 restrictions
Advice for landlords in England looking for new tenants under the latest COVID-19 restrictions
Introduced on the 14 October, 2020 – the government implemented its local Coronavirus alert system, placing areas of England on either medium, high or very high alert – also known as Tiers 1 to 3.
What does this mean if you are a self-managing landlord looking to avoid a void property?
Under the government’s new advice, physical property viewings are still allowed across England, even in Tier 3 lockdown areas, though virtual viewings are encouraged.
The government has published a set of national guidance for those buying, selling and moving here. However, in light of new local lockdown restrictions, people are urged to check on the individual rules for that area.
Tier 1 – medium alert
Property viewings can continue to take place as long as anti-coronavirus measures are taken and there are no more than six people in the property at one time.
For our guide to doing viewings safely, please click here.
Tier 2 – high alert
Anyone living in a tier two area must follow all of the tier one rules, and also not meet with anybody outside of their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, including their home or a public place.
Tier 3 – very high alert
In updated guidance for areas with a ‘very high’ COVID-19 alert level, the government said: “Estate and letting agents and removal firms can continue to work and people looking to move home can continue to undertake viewings.”
We appreciate most people want to physically see the place they may soon be calling home, but under Tier 3 restrictions, we recommend these are restricted to only the most serious of potential tenants who have already been given a video call tour of the property and have had a chat with the landlord who has then had a chance to assess their suitability.
For our guide to doing a good video call viewing click here.
Getting the basics right hasn’t changed
Coronavirus or not, you can always attract potential tenants and give them a strong sense of your property by taking the care to ensure you have a high quality listing with good photography, a floorplan and maybe even the latest 3D virtual tours.
For our guide to writing a great property listing for the online property portals click here.
More advice for landlords in England looking for new tenants under the latest COVID-19 restrictions
Back in May, we pulled together five recommendations for landlords navigating the Covid-19 landscape. Reading these again, it’s clear they still relevant today as we face an uncertain winter and a second wave of the pandemic.
To read the article again, click here.