Agents are sharply split over how they should operate during the current phase of the Coronavirus crisis.
In a poll of almost 3,000 readers of Estate Agent Today, some 40 per cent - that’s around 1,200 - want to be allowed to undertake Covid-safe viewings and to be allowed to work from High Street offices which are appropriately equipped and open to the public through appointments only.
However, 28 per cent want agents not to work at all and effectively want the housing market suspended as it was for several weeks during the spring of last year; on top of that, another 22 per cent want agents only to work from home rather than from offices, and not to engage in any viewings whatsoever.
A further seven per cent want agents to work from their offices with appropriate Covid-safe precautions, but want those agents not to undertake any viewings at all.
Most agents have been scrupulous in ensuring they have abided by Coronavirus guidelines issued by the government and via Propertymark, outlining the ways in which offices should be redesigned to ensure social distancing and no spontaneous visitors; likewise, viewings have been restructured to abide by recommendations on limiting the timings and numbers of people attending a property, and how it should be ventilated.
England, Scotland and Wales are now in forms of near-complete lockdown with people told to stay at home as much as possible between now and, in the case of England, mid-February.
You can see full details of the recently-announced measures for agents in England and Scotland here.
Details of the full lockdown provisions for England can be found here.