Real estate agents across Victoria can rejoice as Premier Daniel Andrews today announced that metropolitan Melbourne will be taking its next step out of COVID-19 lockdowns, which have pushed Victoria’s economy to the brink.
As of midnight tonight, Melbournians will welcome back private inspections for both the purchasing or leasing of properties, with one agent and one prospective buyer or tenant allowed in a property.
The news comes after Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) launched an official campaign, urging Premier Andrews to allow private one-on-one inspections and kickstart the state’s real estate market.
The tough restrictions have seen Victoria’s economy all but come to a halt, so the news is music to the ears of people in the real industry.
This is great news for Victorians and should be seen as a positive and encouraging step towards a return to ‘normal’.REIV CEO Gil King
“This decision is recognition that the real estate profession can be trusted to conduct inspections in a safe and responsible manner. We have done so previously, and will continue to do so for the benefit of all Victorians,” said REIV President Leah Calnan.
Strict guidelines are still to be adhered to, with ‘contactless’ protocols, pre-arranged inspections at a set time, and inspections limited to 15 minutes.
The prospective buyer or tenant can attend the inspection with one other person from an existing household or an intimate partner, and their children under 18 years old.
Traveling between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne for the inspection is not permitted.