Your options if you’re selling or thinking about selling during COVID-19 alert level 2
Alert level 2 is getting closer to business as usual, but there are still important considerations around hygiene, physical distancing between people and being able to trace anyone you have been in contact with.
For general information about the current COVID-19 situation, please visit covid19.govt.nz.
Summary of activity at alert level 2
- You can hold open homes, private viewings and auctions at alert level 2 if requirements for gatherings, hygiene, physical distancing and contact tracing are followed.
- Property inspectors, valuers, engineers and tradespeople can visit properties at any time during alert level 2, with the consent of the property occupants.
- Buyers and sellers who deferred settlement during alert levels 4 and 3 may now settle if both parties agree.
- During alert level 2, buyers and sellers can move house (including between regions).
- If you’re selling a tenanted property, you may be affected by the new protections against terminations during this time. For more information, visit the Tenancy Services
- Some law firms and agents are still working remotely, and this may cause delays.
- You can find information about staying safe and well at alert level 2 on the govt.nz website.
The following alert level 2 health guidelines must be adhered too, always.
- Keep at least 2 metres away from anyone you don’t know, both inside and outside.
- People shouldn’t visit your property if the occupants are unwell, are self-isolating or have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
- Limit the number of people visiting your property at the same time to ensure physical distancing can be maintained.
- Your agent (or you if you’re selling privately) must collect the full contact details of everyone who is visiting your property in case these are needed for contact tracing.
- If you are an at-risk person (for example, you are over 70 or have a pre-existing medical condition), you are encouraged to do as much as you can by phone or video call rather than in person.