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EAAB guidelines clarify safety for property deals

The Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB) has produced a set of guidelines to assist employers, employees, and the public on how to conduct business safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

Estate agents were encouraged to conduct virtual property tours and record offers to purchase electronically as part of the real estate industry returned to work under Covid-19 level 3 regulations, the EAAB has said.

Physical viewings of no more than two people should only be done when a buyer or tenant had expressed definite interest in a particular property, and should be kept brief and in line with Covid-19 health regulations.

EAAB chief executive Mamodupi Mohlala said the guidelines were important tools to ensure that the industry and the public knew “how to stay alert, contain the virus and save lives while observing the requirements to carry out their duties”.

The guidelines were designed in line with various legislative instruments, including the Disaster Management Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Covid-19 regulations and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.

They detailed risk management and risk mitigation processes, prevention and control protocols, setting up a Covid-19 response team, protocols on identification of infected individuals and confidentiality requirements.

They further gave guidance on how to conduct meetings, fulfill contractual obligations and how to deal with issues of compliance, the EAAB said.

Cape Argus
15 Jun 2020


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