COVID-19: LEGGETT OPEN FOR BUSINESS - Confinement Spring 2021
Updated 12 April 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.
The health situation in France remains severe. A national curfew is in place from 7pm to 6am, during which an attestation (self-certified document) is required to leave home. From 3 April, the whole of mainland France is subject to tighter restrictions, and attestations (self-certified documents) are required if you go further than 10km from your home. Non-essential shops are closed and from 5 April travel to other regions is banned, apart from in exceptional or professional circumstances. There are no restrictions on travel to view properties but if this distance exceeds 10km, you will need to complete an attestation and tick Box 8 regarding 'demenagements' in the new "attestation de deplacement mesures renforcées". You will need written confirmation of the RDV and a signed bon de visite. Here is a link to the French govt. website with more information and downloadable attestation forms: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus
If you are travelling from the UK
It is no longer necessary for travellers from the UK (or Singapore, Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan or New Zealand) to provide a reason for travel. 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, and to complete this form. You will also be asked to self isolate, at an address of your choice, for seven days when you arrive in France. All non essential shops in France are closed and travel between regions is banned.
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 and travel between regions is banned. However, Leggett Immobilier is still very much open for business, with all staff working (many from home) 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.
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).
If you are still looking...
You are allowed to view properties if they will be your permanent home, again it would be prudent to carry a "bon de visite", which we can supply and respect the national curfew hours. Viewings will follow a strict protocol and your agent will run through this with you beforehand. 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.
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. Please be aware that our agents will follow the strictest safety and hygiene measures and will talk you through these, on the phone, before any visits 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 each announcement.
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.