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Renters confident to move again as lockdown measures start to ease

The news that anyone in England can now move house, as long as they follow new government guidance, will be welcomed by the 450,000 buyers and renters who have been unable to move since March.

After the government announced plans to help people to move house safely, in-line with social distancing advice, flatsharing site SpareRoom surveyed its users to ask whether they feel confident to move now the new regulations are in place.

The results reveal that over half (54%) of renters do feel confident to view a property now the government has given the housing market the green light to reopen. One in three (32%) however, still feel wary and said they’d only feel comfortable to move if they absolutely had to.

Government is recommending that viewings take place virtually for now. If people view properties in person, there are specific guidelines to follow. SpareRoom has seen a huge increase in the number of video adverts on the site. Since lockdown began, they’ve seen six times the normal volume of video uploads, showing renters, landlords and agents are keen to crack on with their search as safely as possible. 

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