Legistrative Council E-Petitions

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COVID-19 Safe Plan for re-opening the Real Estate Industry
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council that during the Stage 4 lockdown, the real estate industry has almost come to a complete halt. The requirement to find a home is unquestionably essential. Agents and consumers would like to see the resumption of one-on-one private appointments which would be conducted safely according to COVID safe guidelines.

We are asking the Andrews Government, along with the Real Estate Institute of Victoria, to re-open the real estate industry with the implementation of a COVID-19 Safe Plan. These practices may include a record of attendees at one-on-one appointments, open house permits, limited attendance of open house, temperature checks upon arrival, no-touch inspection, social distancing and sanitising of door handles and surfaces. Contact tracing data would be lodged with the Department of Health and Human Services.

Waiting until 26 October 2020 to reopen the industry will cripple people financially. To wait until 23 November 2020 for ‘COVID normal’ will leave people under significant financial pressure. Those who have purchased and need to sell and those who’ve been evicted due to landlords returning to occupy and cannot inspect a new rental home have been burdened by the COVID-19 restrictions. Over the last 6 months, sacrifices have been made by everyone over a truly testing period. We must look forward and discuss our ability to offer a safe and considered service for those who require it.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Government to work with the Real Estate Institute of Victoria to create and implement a COVID-19 Safe Plan to re-open the real estate industry and allow agencies to conduct one-on-one private appointments.
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