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YO10 3JG


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Student House Viewings - Covid-19



2021 viewings

In the past we have offered viewings for whole groups, including transport to the properties. For the reasons explained below, for our own safety and that of current tenants we have had to change our process. Therefore, our policy is as follows:

    • There will be no viewings for properties with a VRT recording.

    • All viewings will be meet at property, ie no lifts will be offered.

    • You will need separate appointments for each property unless they are close to each other within a brief walking distance.

    • Only two students from the group may attend a viewing.

The majority of our properties have a significant number of photographs. It is more important than normal that you focus your on-line search by viewing the photographs, check the property location on the map supplied and consider price and facilities to get the maximum benefit from the viewings we can offer.

Government guidance

The guidance issued by the government allows viewings in certain circumstances:

    • The group viewing must be from one household or bubble. This means you could only view with individuals you are allowed to share accommodation with at the time of the viewing.

    • If a group of students from different households want to view, then they would have to do so separately.

    • Occupants are recommended to vacate the property when viewings take place.

    • The property should be cleaned after a viewing.

It can easily be appreciated that a selling agent, or a letting agent working in the non-student sector can carry on working with required planning and precautions.


Student letting season

The traditional student letting season is short and intense. Counting each group viewing each unit of accommodation as a separate viewing, between December 2019 and lockdown in March 2020 we carried out in excess of 1,100 viewings.

Allowing for the Christmas break, exam weeks, reading weeks etc that is about 130 viewings per week during the busy period. Allowing for some weekend viewings that is still more than 20 per working day. This works by putting whole groups into vehicles and driving them around to view several properties.

Quite simply, as matters stand at the moment, we believe that it would be wrong to carry on with viewings as normal. Whilst government guidance says we may, it would seem that this guidance does not fit with the intense level of activity of the normal student letting season and we would be widely criticised if we tried to carry on as normal.


Virtual Reality Tours (VRTs)

In anticipation of the possibility that we could not carry out viewings in the coming season, in summer 2020 we started to take VRT recordings of properties. At the time of writing (late December 2020) we appear to be one of only two student letting agents who are offering VRTs, which we believe are far superior to the video-based recordings being offered by our competitors.

These recordings give an excellent opportunity for your group to view accommodation at your leisure. In our opinion they have significant advantages over physical viewings, as you can review them at your preferred speed and also revisit them before, after and during discussions with your potential housemates.

We have VRT recordings for around 90% of our student properties and have already let accommodation using these alone. We are inviting further applications on the basis of viewing our VRT recordings. We hope to add further VRT recordings before February.


Summary

    • We cannot carry out viewings in the same way as previous years.

    • We have to arrange viewings that respect all parties affected, including current occupants, and reflect government advice.

    • We may have to amend our policy to reflect changing circumstances.