How does the property market work on Cowid 19 Alert Level 3?

Much of New Zealand moved out of Auckland and the North. Alert Level 3 on Wednesday, September 1st.

When our Covid 19 alert level changes, so does buying, selling or renting property.

What you can and can’t do at each alert level.

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Level 4

Since the main purpose of Level 4 is to stop the movement to limit the spread of the quail, this is when the restrictions are more stringent. Expect to live in Auckland and Northland. Alert Level 4 Lockdown For two weeks.

Belinda Moffat, chief executive of the Real Estate Authority (REA), says real estate is not classified as a mandatory service, so any business during Level 4 can be accessed remotely via phone, email or video. Should be done

This means that agents cannot inspect or inspect the property, open a home or inspect pre-settlement, while buyers cannot visit the property. Auctions cannot be held in person, although they can be conducted online or by phone bidding.

Open houses cannot be in level 4, but private views can be resumed under level 3.

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Open houses cannot be in level 4, but private views can be resumed under level 3.

Anyone who was planning to move during that time is unlucky because it is not possible for people to move to level 4 homes in general.

Property settlement can still take place in situations where no one is moving, such as if the tenant’s property has been sold and the tenants have stayed.

But the authority’s suggestion is that the settlements be postponed for 10 business days after relocation is allowed.

Moffat says the delay in the settlement depends on the cooperation and agreement of both sides. “And everyone needs to understand the consequences of a delay in a settlement, such as the availability of finance or relocation.”

She says people with property under the conditional agreement will not be able to meet their conditions at level 4, and will have to negotiate a way to handle the situation.

“We also recommend postponing the new lists because of the difficulties in the agent’s responsibilities, taking photographs and inspecting the property. Some lists are possible if most activities are completed before the lockdown and everyone is clear. Let it not happen.

Level 3

At level 3., Most of the steps to buy or sell your home will still be practical.

Of Says REA. Long-distance processes – such as online walkthroughs and inspections – are still preferred and encouraged. Agents should still diagnose where possible in practice.

Open houses are not allowed, but contactless private views can be difficult. This is not limited to more than two visits per property per day, and only two people per bubble in each view. You cannot travel to or from the Level 4 area to view a property.

If you are attending the show, you will need to wear a face mask, use a hand sanitizer, avoid touching surfaces, and maintain a physical distance of 2 meters from the agent. Contacts will be tracked on the spot, including QR codes for scanning.

Between visits, any surfaces that are touched should be cleaned and doors and windows should be opened for ventilation – REA recommends a minimum of one hour interval between visits.

Belanda Moffat, chief executive of the Real Estate Authority, says Level 4 settlements should be postponed.


Belanda Moffat, chief executive of the Real Estate Authority, says Level 4 settlements should be postponed.

Property inspectors, valuers and engineers can visit properties at all Alert Level 3 if they follow health laws. Professionals such as home stages and photographers can also go, but all of them are counted in two trips per day limit.

If you are selling and need to fix something on your property, a trader can do it on Alert Level 3, but you should stay away physically – in another room if possible.

Auctions still need to be conducted online or by phone bidding, and all agreements must be signed remotely.

Settlement alerts can be advanced to level 3, however. The government suggests a delay. Up to Alert Level 2. – You need to talk to your lawyer to agree with another lawyer. Your sale and purchase agreement must also include a clause that allows you to delay a settlement if we return to Level 4.

Permission to move in or out of our home is level 3, but travel between different alert level areas is very limited. Keep documents with you when traveling, to show what your purpose for the trip is.

You can use a moving company, but the moving ones will need to be kept at a distance of 2 meters and the face should be covered.

Level 2

At Level 2, there are still restrictions on movement and the number of people who can visit the property or participate in the auction. This means that attendance at open houses and auctions must be strictly regulated, and communication between people must be limited.

But pre-settlement inspections, assessments and lists can all be done as long as government guidelines are followed and physical distance laws are observed. Settlements and homes can be moved.

What about rent?

Landlords and tenants need to agree on what to do about tenants starting at Level 4, as tenants can only move into an emergency.


Landlords and tenants need to agree on what to do about tenants starting at Level 4, as tenants can only move into an emergency.

Similar restrictions apply to the rental market at every alert level, with very little activity possible at level 4 as landlords, tenants and property managers are all considered lockdown.

Alan Galloway, national dispute resolution manager for tenancy services, says Level 4 tenants can only move into a home if they need to do so by court order, or if they have an illness. Need to use a temporary or emergency home or run away from family. Violence

If the tenancy is about to end during the Level 4 period, the landlord and tenant should talk about extending the tenancy until the level changes.

“Similarly, if a new tenancy agreement is about to start, the people involved must reach an agreement. For example, they may agree to defer a start date, so the tenant No need to pay rent before entering.

He says that when the tenancy is coming to an end, the tenants living in isolation will have to talk to their landlord about extending the tenancy until the period of mandatory loneliness ends.

Level 4 also means rental views, and cannot be personally inspected. But the landlord or property manager can do a virtual inspection until they have reached an agreement with their tenants.

Unnecessary repairs and maintenance cannot be done at Level 4, Galloway says, and if there is an immediate threat to health and safety, a trader can be hired to do the repairs.

Rental activities become easier to perform at each alert level, as mobility and communication are less restricted – but proper physical distance and safety protocols must be followed at each level.

At Alert Level 3, immediate repairs can be made, while routine maintenance at Level 2 can be added to the mix.

With the written consent of the tenants and the use of face masks and contact tracing, the appointment at Level 3 can result in two rental views per day.

Level 3 should not be inspected in person, but at Level 2, routine inspections may resume. consultant Chris Mathews says level 3 tenants can move to their own area, and if they are moving their home or business, they can travel between areas, while level 2 All tenants can move between areas.

“Overall, tenants and landlords should try to be flexible in these extraordinary times and make sure safety is paramount.”

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