POSTED: 26 May 2020

Reopening of property market welcomed by Thursfields


The beginning of a relaxation of lockdown restrictions to help reopen the property market has been welcomed by Thursfields Solicitors.

The beginning of a relaxation of lockdown restrictions to help reopen the property market has been welcomed by Thursfields Solicitors.

The leading Midlands law firm was commenting after the government’s announcement last week outlining new guidance on how estate agents and removal companies can safely handle viewings and house moves.

Louise Jones, head of the New Homes & Residential Conveyancing department at Thursfields, explained how the company had quickly adapted to lockdown challenges, continuing to deliver services remotely where property transactions were going ahead.

She said: “We have now moved to a new phase of the pandemic where we have started to work on reopening the housing market while sticking to all the government’s latest guidance.

“We welcome the government’s proactive approach, because we feel confident that as long as the latest guidelines are followed and the necessary risk assessments are undertaken, the property market can now begin its phased return to business as usual.

“Previously there had been some confusion as to how estate agents and removal companies could operate viewings and house moves, but if properly followed the latest guidelines and legislation can now allow both to take place.

“In short, the confusion in the sector can end, as the position is now quite clear that estate agents and removal firms are able to operate within other people’s homes.”

Mrs Jones outlined the latest legislation introduced earlier this month that now made the following activities lawful if connected with the purchase, sale, letting or rental of a residential property.

  • Visiting estate or letting agents, developer sales offices or show homes.
  • Viewing residential properties to look for a property to buy or rent.
  • Preparing a residential property to move into.
  • Moving home.
  • Visiting a residential property to undertake any activities required for the rental or sale of that property.

She said: “We are now seeing estate agents, removal companies, valuers and surveyors returning to work, provided they can operate a safe working environment and follow risk assessments for the health and safety of their employees, clients and third parties. 

“This reflects how we’ve dealt with property conveyancing throughout the pandemic here at Thursfields, continuing to progress transactions as far as possible with all our conveyancers staying fully employed and fully resourced, whether working from home or in the office.”

Mrs Jones added: “We are now ideally placed to deal promptly with all matters seamlessly without a transition period. 

“We understand from a number of sources there is much ‘pent up’ demand in the market and Thursfields is here and ready to help.”

Anyone who needs property conveyancing can contact Thursfields on 0345 2073728 or by emailing conveyancing@thursfields.co.uk. Or they can visit www.thursfields.co.uk/conveyancing-calculator for an instant quote.