Landlords in Wales can accept viewings and let tenants move if homes are empty as the coronavirus pandemic ban is partly lifted.

The Welsh Government is still cautious about a resurgence of the disease but wants to try to return the housing market to normal as soon as possible.

First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced landlords and letting agents can go back to work from Monday, June 22.

He has greenlighted house moves, allowing tenants to move in once a home has been empty for 72 hours.

Landlords and letting agents can also market and arrange viewings of empty homes.

The relaxed rules still ban house moves to a home which is occupied but marketing these homes can start.

Valuations and other inspections, like energy performance certificate assessments can go ahead in line with the Welsh Government’s guidance for working in someone’s home.

The new rules are part of the Welsh Government phased move out of lockdown over the next three weeks.

The measures let schools and many businesses reopen but urge people to stay within five miles of their homes.

Ministers will review lifting the stay local rules on July 6. They also expect to reopen self-catering holiday lets from July 9

“The threat of coronavirus hasn’t gone away but thanks to the efforts we have all made over the last few months, the number of people contracting coronavirus each day in Wales is falling, so too is the risk of meeting somebody with virus,” said Drakeford.

“Given the progress we have made, we are able to take some additional cautious steps to further unlock our society and economy.”