What the Tier System Means to Landlords and Tenants in Leicester
We look at what the new tier system means for landlords and people looking to rent in Leicester.
The tier system announced by the Government this week to combat the increase in Covid-19 cases has caused some concern from landlords and people who are looking to move.
The good news is that it shouldn’t.
This is because even in the highest tiered areas which the Government has said are at very high-risk, people can still move. Albeit with extra safety precautions which we’ve many agents have been practising since the lockdown.
In Leicester, we are currently in Tier 2 – which is described as ‘high alert’ and imposes several restrictions including pubs and restaurants shutting at 10 pm and no households mixing indoors.
But even in high alert areas, Government guidelines say you can still move home.
According to a statement on its website on Friday 16 October the Government advised: “You can still move home if you’re in a high alert level area. Estate and letting agents and removals firms can continue to work, and people looking to move home can continue to undertake viewings.
Follow the national guidance on moving home safely, which includes advice on social distancing and wearing a face covering.”
Estate & Letting Agents should be prioritising your safety. And that’s why strongly recommend the following measures are put in place to allow landlords and their agents to show people rental properties they are interested in.
Here are six of our Covid-secure steps.
- Wear masks on all viewings.
- Wear disposable gloves on each viewing – these are only worn once then recycled.
- Wear shoe coverings on each viewing.
- Carry and use hand sanitiser before and after each viewing.
- Ask the agent / landlord tp open or touch handles or cupboards.
- The agent / landlord should wipe down any surfaces touched after the viewing has finished.
Everyone has a part to play in helping us all get back to normal as soon as possible, and we take our responsibility to keep you safe very seriously.
If you are a landlord or tenant in Leicester and have any questions about what the tier system might mean to you, please get in touch.