COVID-19: LEGGETT OPEN FOR BUSINESS - Confinement Winter 2021
Updated 28 January 2021
Due to the current situation regarding the spread of the coronavirus, France has decided to suspend the issuance of visas until further notice. All visa types are affected and this suspension also applies to visa applications for which an appointment has already been made. This is a temporary situation, due to Covid, and hopefully will be resolved shortly.
If you are travelling from the UK
On January 4th, the UK was put into a national Tier 5 lockdown, you can see the official guidelines here. You must not leave, or be outside your home, except for essential reasons. you can view the list of reasons here . You can only travel internationally where you first have a legally permitted reason to leave home. Holidays in France are not permitted (so trips for speculative viewings are not allowed), nor is visiting your second home. Those entering France will need to provide a negative PCR Covid test (valid within 72 hours), a sworn statement that you have had no symptoms for 14 days, an attestation de déplacement international (downloadable here). You will also need to self isolate for seven days when you arrive in France, before taking another test. Please note that when returning to the UK you will also need to provide a negative test result and will need to self isolate for up to 10 days.
General information (including those already in France)
The French Government has laid out a roadmap for eradicating the virus, this page will be updated with information as the situation develops.
How does the latest ruling affect your property search or sale?
As you know, France has come out of lockdown but a national curfew has been put in place from 06h00-18h00. However, Leggett Immobilier is still very much open for business, with all staff working and available on the usual contact numbers.
If you have an ongoing purchase or sale...
Please rest assured that we will continue to ensure it progresses smoothly. Notaires are either receiving clients in person, or are using a "power of attorney" for signings. Your local agent can confirm which is in place for your particular transaction. Either way, the process should not see too much disruption. We have processed hundreds of sales "by proxy" this year.
If you are already in France, you will be able to travel to the Notaire's office for any signings and also travel to take up residency in France is allowed. You will need to have your appropriate travel documentation (see link below), as well as proof of why you are travelling (a copy of the contract should suffice).
For those travelling to France from within the EU you may be asked to either provide paperwork showing a "negative" test result (from within the last three days), or potentially could be tested upon entering France. You will also need to have a copy of the appropriate travel documentation (see link below).
If you are still looking...
If you are already in France, you are allowed to view properties as long as you have a "bon de visite", which we can supply and respect the curfew hours (these vary with region, the minimum national hours are 20h00-06h00). Don't forget that many of our properties have virtual tours, video, floor plans and additional photographs not shown on our website. Our agents are available by phone or video link to give you a virtual viewing and answer any detailed questions you may have. We even had many sales agreed following virtual viewings.
Travel from the UK remains restricted to essential trips. Viewing property does not count as an "essential" reason for travel, nor does visiting your holiday home.
If you have your house on the market with us...
We will continue to promote your property to both domestic and international buyers and are now allowed to undertake viewings in person. There are strict safety protocols in place and your local agent will confirm these before viewings take place. Our agents are used to offering "virtual viewings" to clients and we are in contact with them by video conference, phone and email. In fact, during the last lockdown, visitor numbers to our websites soared and we saw record enquiry levels.
If you are thinking of putting your house on the market...
Now is an excellent time to start the process, as pent up demand starts to build. The FNAIM has informed us that our agents will be able to visit your property (with the appropriate travel documentation) and take on the mandate, provided the property is empty or temporarily vacated by yourselves. Please be aware that they would follow the strictest safety and hygiene measures and would talk you through these, on the phone, before the visit takes place.
Please note, rules and regulations are changing constantly and information is subject to change. We will endeavour to keep you informed throughout but for the latest information you can visit the official Government site here. This site also has links to the latest attestations needed to travel. We will update these pages shortly after the next announcement on January 7th
As you can see, we are very much open for business and working hard to offer the highest service levels to all clients. We will update this page regularly. We wish you all the very best of health and please stay safe - from all the team at Leggett.