Housing Secretary defends re-opening of housing market

Ryan Fowler

May 13, 2020

Robert Jenrick, the housing secretary, has defended the re-opening of the housing market in the daily government press conference.

There has been some criticism about the re-opening of the sector despite the ongoing lockdown measures relating to the meeting of, and with, extended family.

However Jenrick, whilst admitting that this may seem “confusing”, said the government had worked hard to ensure its guidance protected all those involved.

He said: “People have asked why they can look around a strangers home but not visit their parents and loved ones at home.

“I understand why this may be confusing at first glance, especially when people have been separated from their loved ones for so long.

“But our guidelines make it clear that in the first instance viewings should happen virtually. When viewings do happen in person we’ve set out a clear plan to ensure the safety of everybody involved in the property [deal] themselves.

“All parties should follow strict social distancing guidelines.”

The sales market was effectively put on hold in late March when the government advised against all non-essential house moves and banned agents from listing new properties.

Jenrick added that the housing market had a vital role to play in the economic recovery of the nation.

History tells us that in every economic recovery in modern British life the housing market has been key to recovery and revival.

As Housing Secretary I will do everything I can to support the millions of people employed in the construction and housing industry [and] to help their industry bounce back, whilst always protecting their safety and well-being.”

You can read the full government guidelines here.

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