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The Guild lobbies government on why agents should be first to return to work

The Guild of Property Professionals and sister company Fine & Country have sent a letter to the government arguing why estate and lettings agents should be one of the first industries to return to work.

The firm said the housing sector is one of the most important influencers in the economy and will be key to rebuilding the financial health of the country post COVID-19.

Moving home has knock-on advantages to other aspects of the economy, so action taken by the government to reignite the property market as restrictions relax will have a positive impact on the financial health of the country as a whole.

Jon Cooke, group chief executive of epropservices, parent company of The Guild and Fine & Country, said: “As the government establishes a strategy around restarting economic activity, it is important that our industry is allowed to open, operate and transact.

“Our sector can play a key part in the drive to getting the economy on its feet again.”

The letter also argued that estate and lettings agents can make the greatest economic difference compared to other industries with minimum face-to-face contact.

Most estates agents now have the tech tools, processes and services in place to carry out the home buying process virtually through means of video viewings and valuations, and electronic contracts and documentation.

The Guild’s compliance offer, Paul Offley, has produced a best practise guide for estate and lettings agents to operate within a safe manner, which will be available shortly.

Cooke added: “Our emphasis during this process is to ensure that every precaution is taken to keep people safe.

“We are pushing for the industry to be able to get back to work, but it is paramount that we all follow the correct procedures to ensure everyone is protected.”