Victoria COVID-19 - How Lockdown Will Affect The Real Estate Industry
Current as at 9 November 2020 and subject to change by the Victorian Government
Premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed the 25-kilometre travel limit in Melbourne and the "ring of steel" separating the city from regional Victoria will be lifted, as part of a widespread relaxation of restrictions in the city. What this means is the rules that are currently in place for regional Victoria will apply to the entire state.
The restrictions were lifted at 11:59pm 8 November 2020.
If you have any questions about what this means to you and your property, are here to help. Click here to find your local agent.
Below is an overview of how restrictions will be eased across the real estate industry. For more information click here.
Real estate inspections in metro Melbourne and Regional Victoria
Increase limit to 10 people from any number of households, subject to density quotients, and COVIDSafe requirements.
Melburnian's can now inspect regional Victorian properties.
In addition, a lot of our properties feature virtual tours, and all our properties are captured with high quality professional photographs and floor plans - you can easily inspect properties for sale from the comfort of your own home.
For more industry specific information about the roadmap out of COVID-19 for Victoria click here.
For general information on the COVID-19 reopening roadmap for Victoria click here.
Property and rental appraisals in metro Melbourne and Regional Victoria
On property, rental and property appraisals can be conducted across metro and regional Victoria and our agents and property managers will strictly comply with COVIDSafe regulations.
We can also conduct virtual property appraisals remotely using tools such as Facebook Live and video conferencing tools.
Real estate auctions:
Outdoor real estate auctions can be held with up to 10 people from different households, plus the owners/residents of the property and the real estate agent.
In addition to live auctions, our agents have the option to conduct an auction using our online auction platform, where McGrath clients have the opportunity to watch, register, bid, buy and exchange on live property auctions.
Below are some Q&A’s on what the Third Step restrictions mean for you and your property. For more information click here.
Can I move house within metropolitan Melbourne?
Yes, you can move house.
Can I move house if I live in metropolitan Melbourne and I am moving to regional Victoria?
You are able to move to a new house but should follow the COVIDSafe principles to ensure stay safe, including wearing a face mask and maintaining at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others. This applies also for people who are helping you move, including removalists.
Can friends and family help me to move?
Yes, members of your household or up to two friends or family members who don't live with you can help you move.
People helping you move should wash their hands regularly and not share food or drink. You need to wear a face mask while moving house, unless you have a legal exemption.
If anyone is unwell, they must stay home and get tested if they have symptoms. This will help keep your loved ones safe.
I’m moving to regional Victoria from metropolitan Melbourne - can people help me move?
You are able to move to a new house in metropolitan Melbourne but should follow the COVIDSafe principles to ensure stay safe, including wearing a face mask and maintaining at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others. This applies also for people who are helping you move, including removalists.
Can I sell my house at auction?
Yes, you can put your home on the market for private sale or auction. For people in metropolitan Melbourne, under Third Step restrictions, auctions can be held outdoors with up to ten people from two households attending in-person, plus the minimum number of people required to conduct the auction.
I want to buy a property - can I inspect it?
Private property, commercial and display homes can have pre-arranged real estate inspections for a maximum of 10 people from any number of households, excluding the owners/residents of the property and the necessary real estate agents, subject to the density quotient of the property.
Can tradespeople come into my home?
Yes. Tradespeople are allowed to carry out repairs. People coming into your home must wear a face mask. You should keep at least 1.5 metres distance between you and the tradesperson at all times.
Minimise physical contact by paying with a direct bank transfer or contactless payment.
Can a cleaner come to my home?
Yes, a cleaner can come to your home. Ensure the cleaner’s time in your home is kept to a minimum. Keep at least 1.5 metres distance between you and the cleaner at all times. If possible, move to a different room from where the cleaner is working. People coming into your room must wear a face mask.
Minimise physical contact by paying with a direct bank transfer or contactless payment.
If you are a cleaner you need a COVIDSafe Plan. You can find more information about staying safe and restrictions at retail (services) sector guidance.
Can I leave home to undertake essential maintenance of a property other than my place of residence?
Yes, you may leave your home to undertake essential and emergency maintenance of another residence. You should maintain at least 1.5 metres between you and anyone else on site. If there are other people at the property, you should wear a face mask and keep your time at the property to a minimum.
For more information on emergency preparedness visit emergencies and coronavirus (COVID-19).
Can I visit a tip to drop off rubbish or green waste?
Yes, Transfer stations are open to the general public.
People should stay within 25km of their home. However, where the closest transfer station is more than 25km away from a person’s home, they may travel more than 25km to access the closest transfer station.
Last Step & COVID Normal
Victoria will move to the Last Step on 22nd November 2020, with a move to ‘COVID Normal’ to be defined after that. The state-wide changes for Victoria and real estate from November 22nd are:
- Indoors: Subject to density quotient of 1 per 4m2 up to a maximum of 20 people
- Outdoors: Up to 50 people from any number of households, excluding infants under 12 months
Once confirmed by the Victorian Government, moving to the last step will mean a return to COVID normal and will include a transition to re-opening under a COVIDSafe Plan. More details on what this means for you will be released in-line with the announcement.
We would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have about one our properties, the local real estate market, your own home or any property related advice you may be seeking during this period. Please contact us here.
Search, find and inspect properties online
Our website mcgrath.com.au remains your go to resource for all our latest listings and rental properties. A lot of our properties feature virtual tours, and all our properties are captured with high quality professional photographs and floor plans - you can easily inspect properties for sale from the comfort of your own home.
Furthermore, our website houses the new McGrath Insights Centre - your go-to-resource for information rich, practical real estate content. From thought leadership articles, in-depth eBooks, checklists, how-to-guides and more. Each week it is updated with insights from John McGrath on how COVID-19 is impacting the real estate market, along practical tips for homeowners, investors, buyers and renters, to help ensure you are in a strong position post COVID-19.
Find us on social media
The McGrath Estate Agents and local agent and office social media channels remain a reliable source to, not only keep in contact with us and your local agents, but we will also be updating our community regularly through these channels, so we encourage you to check in.
These are unprecedented times however we will work together and keep you updated on any further changes.
In the meantime, we hope you remain healthy and safe and look after each other. We want you to be assured with are there with you all the way. We will come through this stronger and even more resilient than we are today.
McGrath Limited and its subsidiaries, together with their directors, officers, employees and agents have used their best endeavours to ensure the information passed on in this document is accurate. However, you must make your own enquiries in relation to the information contained in this document and seek advice from your financial advisor, broker or accountant to ascertain its application to your circumstances. This information is subject to final clarification from the Victorian State Government.
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