First Minister urged to reopen the housing market in Wales

Clwyd West MS Darren Millar is calling on the Welsh Government to reopen the housing market in Wales as soon as possible.

The housing market in England reopened on May 13th after seven weeks of lockdown, with renters and buyers allowed to view properties as long as they observe physical distancing. 

Under new regulations, key activities relating to moving home are now permitted over the border, allowing estate agents to get back to work.

However, house buyers, sellers and estate agents in Wales are still waiting to hear when the housing market will reopen here in Wales and Darren is therefore urging the Welsh Government to end the uncertainty as soon as possible.  

He said:  

“The current lockdown is causing huge challenges to those in Wales who need to sell their properties or relocate.

“The housing market here in Wales has been closed for over 10 weeks now yet there is no sign of it reopening.

“This is causing great concern for many, particularly those who were hoping to sell their property or purchase a new home. Their entire lives have been put on hold and they need answers urgently.

“It was hoped that the First Minister would reveal plans for the housing market when he made his latest announcement regarding the lifting of lockdown restrictions on Friday, but instead he said he would review the situation in three weeks. It is unfair to make home buyers, sellers and estate agents wait that long.

“It is very difficult to see how the Welsh Government can justify not allowing property viewings or estate agents to operate given that the same scientific evidence has allowed these to recommence elsewhere.

“I therefore urge the Welsh Government to review their stance on this urgently and reopen the property market as soon as possible.”