Estate agents and letting agents should be among the first to return to work, according to
The Guild of Property Professionals and sister company Fine & Country, who have written to the government to put forward their case.
They argue that the economy is heavily influenced by the housing sector, making it a key
component in the country’s recovery in the aftermath of the COVID-19 lockdown.
They also point to the positive knock-on effect for the economy that people moving home
brings, suggesting that the financial health of the country as a whole will be improved when the government elects to relax restrictions and reignite the property market.
Jon Cooke, group chief executive 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.”
The letter also made the argument that estate and lettings agents can make the greatest
economic difference compared to other industries with minimum face-to-face contact.
Tech tools, processes and services to enable video viewings and valuations are becoming
increasingly popular with agents as the industry looks to digitise the home-buying process,
which also allows for electronic contracts and documentation to be processed electronically.
A best practice guide for estate and lettings agents is set be produced by the Guild’s
compliance officer, Paul Offley, in a bid to ensure that they continue to operate safely.
Cooke added: “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.”