Article written by ARLA Propertymark
With the property market now open for business in England, agents may find themselves dealing with not only tenants eager to get out there and find a property but current tenants who are wary of inviting people into their home.
What can agents do to help allay tenants’ fears?
After two months of lockdown, and with no vaccine yet forthcoming, it’s not unreasonable for someone to feel nervous about letting strangers into their home. Agents can play a crucial community role here, in understanding and mitigating worries.
Be proactive and transparent in your communications with clients. Agents returning to work will have adapted their business practices to reduce the risk of Coronavirus transmission. It may be that fully communicating the steps that your business has taken is enough to allay any fears.
Agents that have followed the ‘Propertymark operating checklist‘ will be able to prove that they have:
Where you do ultimately need to tell a potential tenant that an occupant will not accept a viewing at the current time, explain:
‘The occupant has asked that all viewings are held in abeyance until [the relevant date]. We are continuing to update them about your interest and we will ensure that you have access under our new safety procedures at the earliest opportunity. In the meantime, we have virtual viewing for the inside and the exterior rear of the property. If you have any particular questions or requests for footage please let us know. I look forward to keeping you updated.’
Remember, no viewing should take place if an agent, occupant or potential tenant is isolating or displaying COVID-19 symptoms, however mild and the Government guidance around viewings must be adhered to in all circumstances.
If a tenant has specific concerns that are easily addressed within the scope of your new socially distanced business practices, be sure to do this promptly. Property agents are already experts in taking care of their customers’ needs – handling these concerns is just a further step into the ‘new normal’.
SWLA would like to thank Propertymark for this clear and concise information.
There is also a brilliant checklist for agents planning to operate in the coming weeks;