Landlords have welcomed moves to partially reopen the Welsh housing market.
The Welsh government has today announced existing restrictions will be relaxed, meaning landlords can start to re-let empty homes.
The changes mean:
- Empty homes can be viewed.
- Occupied properties can be advertised
John Stewart, NRLA deputy director for policy and research said: “This is a big step towards the reopening of the housing market in Wales and welcome news, but we would like to see more change, more quickly.
“There is no reason that landlords should not be able to support new tenants into homes, provided social distancing rules are maintained to protect both landlords, tenants and their families.”
The government said it will be encouraging virtual viewings of empty properties in first instance. Physical viewings are able take place, but only when homes have been vacant for 72 hours.
These viewings will be included in the list of reasonable excuses for people to be outside their local area, with the so-called five-mile rule still in place.
Homes with people living in them can be advertised for rent – although viewings are not yet allowed.
The changes will come into force on Monday, when further guidance is expected to be published.