Estate Agency: No Vaccination No Valuation?
Yes, that is vaccines and not vacancies! The new word on the block and one that holds much difference of opinions. Though, by me standing in the middle, I ask if the Estate Agency industry will look to embrace the proposed future of covid-19 and possible other pandemics regarding vaccinations and masks.
Can you believe, it is now coming on to one whole year that us in England have been in some kind of lockdown be it full stay at home requests to abiding by tiers per region. Social distancing, masks and more recently, vaccinations, have all been either suggested, enforced and recommended… Some employers such as the owner of Pimlico Plumbers, Charlie Mullins, even coming out with ‘it will be a requirement of his future employees to be vaccinated’.
“What will be adopted into the industry regulations, the Estate Agency Acts, the code of conducts, the memberships and more… ?”
So, what is a good for the Estate Agency sector moving forwards? Should it be that common sense and set health & safety / hygiene take place with adoption of social distancing rules and masks be enough (exemptions accepted)? Or will the industry, like the rumours coming out regarding a new vaccine passport for traveling (and more), require to vaccinate all members of staff along with full social distancing measures on going?
What about taking new listings of property? Will home owners also be requested to take a vaccine before their house is marketed, a no vaccination no valuation situation?
This is no longer simply ‘remove your hat when you enter the room‘ situation, this is suddenly both a medical and political dilemma for many – It is clear that not everyone trusts in the new vaccinations being proposed, can agencies afford to lose or discriminate these staff members? Yes, lots of people have taken gladly the vaccinations offered which relieves an headache for many, especially employers…
The hope is of course that this topic will not be one to debate soon, the promise is that the country will be once again open as we were before the pandemic – No masks, no social distancing and no lock downs… basic hygiene rules (a good things for sure) simply the only requirement.