Scotland will go into a full lockdown as of midnight tonight.
What this means for the rental market
We’re not sure until tonights speech at 8pm, however, during the April 2020 lockdown we were able to do the following
‘For activities in connection with moving home (including viewing a property), or for activities in connection with the maintenance, purchase, sale, letting, or rental of residential property that the person owns or is otherwise responsible for. Travelling for the purposes of undertaking essential work on a property other than your main residence should not be used as a pretext for a holiday. You should not stay longer than for the length of time required to undertake the necessary work.
Although it appears we could offer viewings and move tenants in and out of properties, we will be putting in place strict measures to minimise physical contact. Virtual viewings will now be offered where possible. We will have new measures in place for moving tenants in and out of properties. Flexibility will be offered where needed.
The situation with the virus is changing quickly which means we need to keep up with ever changing government guidelines. Our utmost priority now is making sure that our staff and anyone we work with are safe. With this in mind, we will temporarily close our office and be working from home until further notice.
Following on from today’s lockdown announcement, we have made the decision to temporarily close our office.
Our business will still be operating as much as is practically possible. We are trying our best to follow government guidance and will do what we can, however, this is yet another challenging time. As a family-owned business, both myself and my fiance will be working from home. We have a daughter at home too which will offer other challenges.
For any new Landlords looking to be assisted during lockdown, I would suggest dropping me an email (see contact details at the bottom of this article). Due to the restrictions in place during lockdown, we won’t be visiting any new properties, however, there are a number of things we can do to assist new Landlords and once the restrictions have been lifted, we will be happy to start working with you.
We have emailed our tenants advising of the tenant hardship fund the government has available.
We are also making every effort to abide by gas safety requirements, which continue to be of great importance for tenants’ safety. Any gas safe checks that have been due since the last lockdown will have now been carried out. It is also the tenants’ responsibility to work with us in allowing engineer visits. Our gas engineers will wear PPE and social distancing measures will be in place. Our engineers will advise you before their visit of their protocols when visiting your home.
We understand the worries some tenants may have during lockdown. For emergency maintenance issues, again we will expect tenants to work with us in allowing our tradesmen entering the property to carry our repairs. We will not be dealing with any non-emergency repairs until the restrictions are lifted. Tenants can still email us with any maintenance issues and we will contact you to arrange repairs once we can do so.
During these challenging and ever-changing times, we hold hope that the vaccine will allow us to eventually move away from the difficulties this virus has brought us and learn what’s important in life; be grateful, life is precious, we’re social creatures-we need human contact, family, friends and importantly-enjoying the small things in life. Less consumption-save the planet.
Life Post Covid19
A prominent thinker reflects on how the pandemic has changed the world.
As history has shown, choices made during crises can shape the world for decades to come. What will remain critical is the need for collective action to build economies that deliver inclusive economic growth, prosperity, and safety for all.
JAMES MANYIKA is chairman and director of the McKinsey Global Institute.
Found on https://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fandd/2020/06/how-will-the-world-be-different-after-COVID-19.htm
Article written by Nykky Banks. Owner and founder of iLet Property Services.