Nicola Sturgeon makes announcement today after publishing her government’s five-phase roadmap for Scotland’s emergence out of Coronavirus shadow.

Landlords in Scotland will be able to begin renting out their properties once more on or after June 18th, it has been announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

This date is the beginning of Phase 2 of the SNP government’s five-phase roadmap to ease Scotland out of the Coronavirus pandemic, albeit at a much slower pace then in England. Its housing market reopened fully last week following a sudden announcement.

Instead, Sturgeon says Scotland will move out of its current complete lockdown on 28th May and move to Phase 1, which will see Scots able to fraternise with family and friends in outdoor spaces, workplaces re-open but only where home working is not possible.

Restrictions relaxed

During this period Sturgeon has said her government will work with landlords and agents to prepare for a relaxation of restrictions on house moves.

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This will take place during Phase 2 of the plan, which will begin on June 18th this summer.

During both Phase 1 and 2 there will also be a limited re-opening of schools and house builders will also be able to restart their construction sites.

But Sturgeon has warned that her roadmap is not fixed and will be dependent on careful monitoring of the virus, including the infamous R number being kept below one.

“This document sets out the steps that will take us there,” says Sturgeon. “It doesn’t have all the answers and it doesn’t set exact timescales. That’s because we are still learning about the virus. We will have to move carefully and gradually to ensure we keep it under control and develop the best ways of doing so.”

Edwina de Klee, partner at the Edinburgh-based buying agents Garrington Property Finders, says:

“A week after England’s estate agents reopened for business, the Scottish Government has made clear it won’t fire the starting gun for Scotland’s property industry for another four weeks.

“Clearly this will be a source of frustration for Scotland’s property sector. When they do eventually lift the shutters, Scottish estate agents will face two key questions – how will socially distant viewings work, and what kind of property market will they find?

Read the roadmap in full.

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