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coronavirus real estate restrictions

Updated: Current real estate restrictions across Australia

January 5, 2021 10:00 am by Upside

As the real estate market starts to pick back up for 2021, states across Australia find themselves at different stages of COVID-19 recovery. As a result, real estate restrictions now vary greatly depending on state. Due to the quick-changing nature of the outbreak, as well as each individual state’s response to control the spread, we will continue updating this page with the latest information on real estate related restrictions to help keep you posted as they come through.

Here is a state-by-state look at what is currently permitted in each state.

New South Wales

Northern Beaches - Northern zone

An outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Sydney’s Northern Beaches has prompted swift new restrictions impacting real estate. Residents in the northern zone of the Northern Beaches are required to stay-at-home orders that are in place until the 9th of January, 2021, with the exception of essential activities such as work, shopping, exercise, medical requirements and compassionate grounds.

This means that live auctions in this area are now temporarily unable to be held, with open homes heavily restricted until further notice.

Northern Beaches - Southern zone

The southern zone of Sydney’s Northern Beaches are no longer under the strict restrictions their northern counterparts are experiencing, with open homes and auctions now allowed to take place with limited numbers in line with the rest of Greater Sydney.

Greater Sydney

Home Inspections:

  • One person for every four square metres of available floor space in the home
  • Masks must be worn indoors at all times until 2 April 2021 unless there is a lawful reason not to
  • COVIDSafe measures such as staying socially distanced, record keeping and sanitisation should be practiced
  • Agents are required to keep a record of all attendees
  • Attendees who have visited, or reside in any of the current hotspot areas should not attend open homes in person

Auctions:

  • Can take place with one person for every four square metres of available space
  • Wearing a mask outdoors at an auction is not mandatory, but it is strongly recommended by NSW Health to wear a mask when you are unable to physically distance yourself
  • Agents are required to keep a record of all attendees
  • Attendees who have visited, or reside in any of the current hotspot areas should not attend auctions in person.

Rest of NSW

  • Home inspections can take place with one person per two square metres of available space (this includes children)
  • Auctions: Can take place with one person per two square metres of available space (this includes children)
  • Attendees who have visited or reside in any of the current hotspot areas should not attend auctions or open home inspections in person.

Victoria

Inspections:

  • Open home inspections can take place with one person per two square metres of available floor space in the home if electronic record keeping of attendees is used. One person per four square metres if a paper-based record is used.
  • Masks must be worn indoors at all times unless there is a lawful reason not to
  • COVIDSafe measures such as staying socially distanced, record keeping and sanitisation should be practiced

Auctions:

  • Auctions can take place with one person per two square metres (defined as the area to be occupied determined by the real estate agent) if electronic record keeping of attendees is used. One person per four square metres if a paper-based record is used.
  • Wearing a mask outdoors at an auction is not mandatory, but it is strongly recommended to wear a mask when you are unable to physically distance yourself
  • COVIDSafe measures such as staying socially distanced, record keeping and sanitisation should be practiced

ACT

Inspections:

  • Up to 25 people allowed to attend open for inspections (not including the agent and home owners)
  • If there is to be more than 25 people, the one person per two square metre rule applies, in addition to a requirement to check-in attendees using the CBR app.
  • If the CBR app is not used, inspections can only take place using the venue capacity rule of one person per four square metres of available space - indoors, and one person per two square metres outdoors.

Auctions:

  • The same rules for inspections apply as they do for home auctions.

Queensland

Inspections and Auctions:

  • There is no limit to the number of people who can attend an open for inspection or an auction
  • Agents are required to keep a record of all attendees
  • COVIDSafe measures such as staying socially distanced, record keeping and sanitisation should be practiced

South Australia

Inspections and auctions:

  • Maximum number of open for inspection attendees will be determined by the size of the home, with the requirement being one person per two square metres of available space (not including the agent)
  • COVIDSafe measures such as staying socially distanced, record keeping and sanitisation should be practiced
  • Masks are not mandatory, but highly recommended

Tasmania

Inspections and auctions:

  • A maximum number of 250 people are allowed to attend an open for inspection or auction (indoors) in Tasmania, or 1000 people if the auction is held outdoors (inclusive of agent and children). The total number of people attending cannot exceed one person per two square metres
  • Agents are required to keep a record of all attendees
  • COVIDSafe measures such as staying socially distanced, record keeping and sanitisation should be practiced

Western Australia

Inspections and auctions:

  • There is no limit to how many can attend an open for inspection or an auction, but the total amount must stay within one person per two square metres of available space
  • Agents are required to keep a record of all attendees
  • COVIDSafe measures such as staying socially distanced, record keeping and sanitisation should be practiced

Northern Territory

Inspections and auctions:

  • There is no limit to how many can attend an open for inspection or an auction
  • COVIDSafe measures such as staying socially distanced, record keeping and sanitisation should be practiced

Check back for updates

We will be updating this article as ongoing changes to real estate activity happens so you are up to date with the current restritions across Australia.

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