· The Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced that from 13th May anyone in England can move home, providing they follow new guidance.
· More than 450,000 people have had their buying and renting plans disrupted due to lockdown restrictions that were implemented in March.
· Estate agents’ offices will now be allowed to open, viewings will be permitted and show homes will be open.
· Removal companies and other necessary parts of the house sales and letting process will also be restarted with immediate effect.
· Social distancing guidelines must still be followed.
· The housing secretary also announce increased flexibility for building homes in the future:
o Builders can now agree more flexible construction site working hours with their local council, making it easier to follow public health guidance.
o Planning authorities and developers can publicise planning application through social media, rather than just posters and leaflets, in order to encourage new development.
o Smaller developers will be able to defer Community Infrastructure Levy payments to their local councils. This will help developers who are struggling with cash flow during the pandemic and will mean communities will still receive funding for local infrastructure in the longer term.
· The government and the Home Builders Federation have launched a new Charter with updated health and safety guidance in order to help the reopening of construction sites.
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