Occupied home inspections ban overturned
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Occupied home inspections ban overturned

The Victorian Government has overturned its short-lived ban on physical inspections of occupied homes, following an impassioned campaign by the state’s real estate industry.

Consumer Affairs Victoria’s website had changed by 11am on Easter Monday to state “private inspections of an occupied/tenanted residential property are permitted” when just the real estate agent and the person inspecting the property were present.

This meant any resident whose home was being inspected by a prospective buyer or tenant would need to temporarily leave their home for one of the reasons permitted under the stay-at-home directions.

These included to obtain food and supplies, for exercise, care and other compassionate reasons, or work or education.

This marked a backflip from CAV’s previous directive, which was abruptly relayed to agents on Good Friday eve, that they could “no longer conduct public or in-person private inspections of tenanted or occupied properties”.

Real Estate Institute of Victoria president Leah Calnan told the Herald Sun the backflip followed “extensive conversations” over the Easter weekend between the REIV and Consumer Affairs Minister Marlene Kairouz.

Prominent Melbourne real estate agents had banded together to urge the government to ditch the ban, with 26 real estate professionals notably signing an email sent by Barry Plant Group chief executive Mike McCarthy to Premier Daniel Andrews, Treasurer Tim Pallas and Ms Kairouz.

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