England enters another lockdown from 5 November 2020 for 28 days. Guidance is now available on the .gov website and The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 contains the law governing this second lockdown.
For landlords it’s relatively business as usual.
Moving home is permitted including ancillary elements to rented property. The guidance on the government website states:
You can still move home. People outside your household or support bubble should not help with moving house unless absolutely necessary.
Estate and letting agents and removals firms can continue to work and people looking to move home can continue to undertake viewings.
Follow the national guidance on moving home safely, which includes advice on social distancing and wearing a face covering.
The legislation which commences 5 November 2020 specifically permits a person to leave their home for rented property activities (reg. 6(2)(g)):
to undertake any of the following activities in connection with the purchase, sale, letting or rental of a residential property—
(i) visiting estate or letting agents, developer sales offices or show homes;
(ii) viewing residential properties to look for a property to buy or to rent;
(iii) preparing a residential property to move in;
(iv) moving house;
(v) visiting a residential property to undertake any activities required for the rental or sale of that property;
For things like repairs, gas safeties, electrical safety and the like, these may continue as long as the usual precautions are taken.
Routine periodic inspections should not take place during the lockdown.
The regulations specifically state that they expire in 28 days after commencement.
23.—(1) These Regulations expire at the end of the period of 28 days beginning with the day on which they come into force
For more information on Coronavirus and the private rented sector, see our Coronavirus Hub page.