COVID 19 has had a big impact on the Glasgow rental property market. One of the main issues for landlords and letting agents at the start of lockdown was the pausing of ‘in person’ property viewings. Fortunately, we were already set up to market all our new properties with virtual tours, as part of our normal service. Even so, with most of our staff now working from home we had to make a number of other changes to our working practices. We updated our website with extra guidance for landlords and tenants and also increased the number of key processes that could be carried out online.
However, since those early days, many restrictions have eased. Significantly, the Scottish Government announced that house moves could resume from 29th June. Then on the 9th July 2020 they published more specific guidance for the rental sector which contained key information for landlords and tenants.
Although it is clear that restrictions in Scotland have eased, the situation remains very fragile. In fact, Glasgow is currently under a ‘local lockdown’ with additional restrictions on who can enter a household. For now, the guidelines for tenanted properties are not affected, but this could change. The local restrictions are set to be in place for an initial 2 week period but the Scottish Government has not ruled out further action if it believes additional measures are required. Unfortunately, it seems likely that the impact of COVID 19 will be with us for some time to come.
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