Coronavirus: how does the new lockdown change things?

The government has published some initial guidance on the new lockdown, and the National Housing Federation (NHF) has been in touch with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) this morning to clarify a number of points:

Moving home

Renters and homeowners will still be able to move, and removal firms and estate agents can still operate.

Construction

Construction sites can and should continue, but must follow coronavirus safety guidance.

Repairs and maintenance

Tradespeople will be able to enter homes, but must follow coronavirus safety guidance. This applies to both routine as well as emergency repairs and maintenance work.

Gas safety inspections

Gas safety inspections are expected to go ahead.  We appreciate you may be concerned about someone entering your home but we will discuss how we’ll work safely.

Evictions ban

At this stage, no immediate change of approach on evictions has been announced.  The current halt on bailiffs operating is due to end on 11 January and the NHF is seeking urgent clarity about whether this is likely to be extended and we will update you when we have further information.