Government urged to allow estate and letting agents to return to work ASAP
Estate and letting agents should be among the first industries to return to work as soon as the lockdown is relaxed, according to The Guild of Property Professionals.
Multiple reports suggest that the government has a plan to ease the UK out of lockdown under a traffic light system starting with small, low-risk businesses reopening, school closures being lifted and eventually, bars and restaurants returning to normal, although this has not been confirmed by the government.
The Guild of Property Professionals argues that estate and lettings agents can provide the country with a much needed economic boost with minimum face to face contact required.
The Guild and sister company Fine & Country have sent a letter to the government highlighting the fact that injecting life into the property market will help restart the heartbeat of the wider economy as restrictions begin to lift.
Jon Cooke, Group CEO of epropservices, parent company of The Guild and Fine & Country, said: “As the government establishes a strategy around restarting economic activity, it is important that our industry is allowed to open, operate and transact. Our sector can play a key part in the drive to getting the economy on its feet again.”
Added to this, The Guild’s compliance offer, Paul Offley, has produced a best practice guide for estate and lettings agents to operate within a safe manner which will available to the industry for free during the coming week.
Offley commented: “Our emphasis during this process is to ensure that every precaution is taken to keep people safe.
“We are pushing for the industry to be able to get back to work, but it is paramount that we all follow the correct procedures to ensure everyone is protected.”