Melbourne property industry

Restrictions on Melbourne property industry eased, private inspections permitted

PHOTO: Auctions will continue to be held online in Melbourne. Photo: Stephen McKenzie

Buyers and renters in Melbourne will once again be able to inspect homes one-on-one after Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced tough coronavirus-related restrictions will be eased.

From Monday, Melburnians will be able to inspect properties one-on-one with an agent. A housemate, or partner and children are also allowed at inspections, under the relaxed rules.  Inspections must have a 15-minute time limit.

The Real Estate Institute of Victoria confirmed that those looking for a new home will be able to travel farther than five kilometres from home to inspect a property across the city.

Domain asked the Department of Health and Human Services for clarification on this, but did not receive an answer by the time of publication.

While buyers and renters can travel farther from home, Melbourne residents will not be allowed to travel to regional Victoria to inspect properties, however.

Strict stage 4 restrictions, in place since early August, meant one-on-one inspections were banned, which essentially shut down the Melbourne market and heavily affected sales in regional Victoria.