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Government ease ban on physical inspections earlier than planned

The Victorian Government have eased the ban on physical property inspections, announced as part of their ‘Second Step’ plan towards a COVID normal.

From Monday 28 September private residential property inspections, limited to 15-minutes, are allowed with one agent and a prospective purchaser.

A prospective purchaser may also be accompanied by their partner or one other household member, and their children under 18 if necessary.

These relaxing of rules comes ahead of schedule, with the initial road map outlining that inspections would resume no earlier than October 26.

Prospective purchasers can drive more than 5km to attend a private inspection. However they are not permitted to travel to regional Victoria.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the 5km rule does not apply when inspecting a house for rent or purchase.

However, you are only able to leave your home for a maximum of two hours to attend the inspection and Melbourne residents cannot travel into regional Victoria.

Attendees must not be symptomatic, self-isolating or under quarantine when attending an inspection.

Fifteen minute one-on-one private inspections are now permitted in Melbourne.

Residents who are living in the home must not be present during an inspection and must leave for one of the permitted reasons under the Stay at Home Directions.

Public auctions are still banned but can be conducted online