COVID-19 Updates


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The REIV yesterday announced yesterday that sales and leasing appraisals are now permitted. 


                                                                                                                                           Updated 28th September, 2020

The Andrews Government yesterday announced that as of 11.59pm last night that step 2 for Melbourne real estate agents would commence. This means that private inspections are now permitted with 1 agent and 1 potential buyer (+1 partner and dependant children under 18). Home owners or tenants are not permitted to be present at the time of inspection. All parties are required to follow strict hygeine protocols.


                                                                                                                                          Updated 16th September, 2020

The Victorian Government has announced that as of 11.59pm on Wednesday 16th September, Regional Victoria will move to Step 3 in the roadmap to re-opening. This means that private inspection in Regional Victoria are now permitted with up to 10 attendees who are required to follow the below strict hygeine protocols.

Roadmap to Re-opening

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The Victorian Government has announced that stage 4 restrictions will remain in place in Melbourne for a further 2 weeks until 27th September. The rental eviction moratorium has also been extended until March 28th, 2021 and the savings threshold for rent relief grants has been doubled from $5,000 to $10,000.

For further information please visit the following links:

Roadmap to re-opening

Summary of steps towards COVID-19 normal

Roadmaps by region

Industry restrictions by region

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The Victorian Government has today announced that for residential and commercial tenancies it will extend the ban on rental evictions until 31 December, extend the ban on rent increases until 31 December, Increase assistance and ensure tenant turnover is considered in rental negotiations.

                                                                                                                                                   Updated 7th August, 2020

In line with Victorian Government COVID-19 restrictions, First National Real Estate Neilson Partners have made temporary changes to our business. Our offices are closed for 6 weeks, the team working remotely & phones diverted. All staff are contactable by telephone & email to continue to assist.

All inspections have been cancelled.

                                                                                                                                                    Updated 30th July, 2020

From midnight on Sunday, everybody in Victoria (including regional Victoria) MUST wear a mask when outside their home).

                                                                                                                                                 Updated 22nd July, 2020

The Andrews Government has announced that all Melbourne and Mitchell Shire residents must wear face masks when outside of their home as of midnight tonight, Wednesday 22nd July. Failure to comply will result in an on the spot fine of $200.

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                                                                                                                                                     Updated 8th July, 2020

Further to the State Governments announcement yesterday, private inspections of occupied premises, under a strict set of health and safety provisions can continue.

In accordance with the current Consumer Affairs Victoria guidelines, private inspections of occupied/tenanted residential properties are allowed where an estate agent and one other person (the person for whom the inspection is organised) are present at the premises. The resident at the premises is not permitted to be present. In this case the resident of the premises will have to leave the premises, and should do so for a reason permitted under the SAHD (to obtain necessary goods or services, for care and other compassionate reasons, to attend work or education or to exercise).

With the safety of our community, customers, and their families being paramount, should you wish to view a property exclusively with one of our agents, we ask you to observe our Open for Inspection policy below.

If you do attend a private inspection, please:

• limit the number of people attending the inspection to one person

• Refrain from physical greetings

• Please refrain from touching surfaces within the property

• Maintain a comfortable distance (at least 1.5m) from our Sales Agent

Please do not attend property inspections if:

• You have any flu like symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing

• If you have travelled overseas or been in contact with someone who has returned from overseas in the last 14 days

• Recently been in contact with someone diagnosed with Covid-19

CLICK HERE to view the changes on the Consumer Affairs Victoria website.

As always, if you have any questions please contact us directly. These are difficult times and at Neilson Partners we are here to help and support you through them.

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The Victorian Government has confirmed new rules for open homes and auctions will apply from midnight on Sunday 31st May. Twenty (20) prospective buyers/tenants will be able to attend an open home PLUS any agency staff required to facilitate the open. Appropriate social distancing and hygiene measures still apply.

                                                                                                                                                  Updated 12th May, 2020

The Victorian Government has confirmed new rules for open homes and auctions will apply from Wednesday 13 May. 

Ten (10) prospective buyers/tenants may attend an open home PLUS any agency staff required to facilitate the open. Appropriate social distancing and hygiene measures apply - hand sanitiser will be available to all attendees.

                                                                                                                                                     Updated 28th April, 2020

Please see below details of financial support measures now available to tenants and landlords across the states and territories, in addition to the Federal Government's initiatives.

                                                                                                                                                     Updated 27th April, 2020

The Victorian Government has announced a Coronavirus Rent Relief Grant and the REIV has recommended procedures in relation to rental negotiations. REIV recommendations cover:

- Evidence of financial hardship

- Pro forma applications for tenants and landlords

- Protocols for adjusted agreements

- Lodgement location

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The Victorian Government announcement about how it will implement the Federal Government's mandatory code of conduct is anticipated to be legislated this Thursday.

                                                                                                                                                       Updated 8th April, 2020

Following yesterday's advice concerning a Mandatory Code for commercial leases, the government released greater detail about the guiding principles of the code.

                                                                                                                                                     Updated 3rd April, 2020

Are you a self-managed Landlord? Are your Tenants experiencing hardship during the current health crisis? First National Neilson Partners are here to help so please contact us for obligation free information and advice.

                                                                                                                                                      Updated 1st April, 2020

Please click on the image below to view our private inspection protocol.

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First National Real Estate Neilson Partners continue to monitor Australian Government Department of Health recommendations in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

In accord with the latest requirements, we regret to advise that we must cancel all future open home inspections.

From this point forward, we will arrange only private appointments and limit the number of people entering homes to no more than 5 at a time. We will observe all social distancing requirements and health precautions, work with all clients to assure appropriate hand sanitisation takes place, and request that nobody touches anything.

We are very disappointed to have to take this step but are acting in the best interests of everybody’s health, in accord with government directives.

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