Three-tier lockdown changes: what does it mean?

October 16th 2020
By: Goodfellows
Three-tier lockdown changes: what does it mean?

This week, government announcements have placed some areas of England under tighter lockdown restrictions to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

The three tier system, has areas of England on medium, high or very high alert - also known as Tiers 1 to 3.

What does this mean for your property search, viewings and valuations.

Under the government’s new advice, estate agents remain open and physical property viewings are still allowed across England, though virtual viewings are encouraged by the government..

The government has published a set of national guidance for those buying, selling and moving. However, in light of new local lockdown restrictions, people are urged to check on the individual rules for that area.

What do the different tiers mean:

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.

Such measures include the wearing of face coverings, regular hand washing, keeping doors and windows open for good ventilation during the viewing, and only two prospective buyers from the same household entering the property at a time.

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.

However, the current government advice states that in-person property viewings can still take place, with appropriate precautions.

Tier 3 – very high alert

Restrictions in this tier are likely to have the biggest impact on the property market.

Although government guidelines don’t currently state that in-person viewings are banned in tier three regions, it can be assumed that in many cases estate agents, sellers, landlords, buyers and tenants will decide against going to see properties while restrictions are in place, unless they have no other option.

See our safe viewing guidelines for guidance on social distancing and minimising risks