Property Services are recognised as an essential service, PRSA CEO, Maeve Hogan has confirmed.
A document, providing guidance to property service providers, in line with the Plan for Living with Covid-19 has been published.
The following guidance has been issued in relation to the purpose or sale, by whatever means, of land.
Working agents for agents and staff
Under level 5 restrictions, property service provider’s offices are closed to the public.
However, agents and staff should work remotely where possible. They should only attend the office where necessary to facilitate the provision of services.
“Agents at the commencement of engagement by their client, may view the property to be placed on the market for sale and arrange for BER certification and any other requirement on engagement.”
Viewings by the public permitted of properties by appointment only.
This can be facilitated where:
- Confirmation provided of (a) proof of funds (b) property previously viewed online;
- Time-restricted appointments with sufficient time allowed between appointments to avoid any potential cross over of viewers;
- One party of two people from the same household is permitted for viewing.
Engagement of the services of valuers, surveyors and other required professionals to progress the sale is permitted in the following circumstances:
1) Properties are sale agreed;
2) Contract for sale signed subject to conditions;
3) Valuations required by banks or solicitors pertaining to essential services;
4) Emergency circumstances Properties must be unoccupied at the time of appointment.
Professionals to follow sectoral, HSE and Government Guidelines.
Under Level 5 restrictions, no organised indoor gatherings should take place. No organised outdoor gatherings should take place either.
Therefore, online-only auctions must be conducted.