The Victorian government has published the latest direction from its Deputy Chief Health Officer which includes relaxations of restrictions on auctions and home inspections. In particular the new direction, which is current until midnight on 31 May 2020, allows estate agents to organise auctions of residential property to be attended by up to 10 people and likewise for property inspections. The 10 person limit does not include the people reasonably required to facilitate the auction or inspection. However, it does include people attending remotely, which is rather odd given that attending remotely can’t infect anybody.
There are some conditions too. First, agents have to request that people who do attend provide their first name and a contact telephone number and the agent must keep a record of what is provided together with the date and time of attendance. Second, agents must not permit the number of people in a single undivided indoor space to exceed the density quotient. The density quotient is the area of the premises in square metres divided by 4. So if you have a room of 12 square metres you can’t allow more than 3 people in it. There is no obligation to insist upon the provision of a first name and phone number or to refuse entry to a person who declines to provide it.
To save you reading through the whole gazette here is the exact text of paragraph 14 of the direction:
14 Real estate auctions and inspections
An estate agent in Victoria may organise:
(1) an auction to take place for the sale of a residential property, during the
restricted activity period, only if that auction is to be attended in person by
no more than 10 members of the public (excluding the owners or residents
of the property and any person(s) reasonably required to facilitate the
auction), whether or not other members of the public also attend remotely;
(2) an inspection of a residential property during the restricted activity period for
the purposes of a prospective sale or rental of the property, only if the estate
agent does not permit more than 10 members of the public (excluding the
owners or residents of the property and any person(s) reasonably required
to facilitate the inspection) to enter the premises at any one time.
Note: these restrictions do not apply to dealings with property other than
(3) An estate agent that arranges an auction or inspection in accordance with
subclauses (1) or (2) during the restricted activity period must:
(a) request that each person attending the premises provide:
(i) their first name; and
(ii) contact phone number,
and, if provided, must keep a record of those details, and the date and time
at which the person attended the premises; and
(b) not permit the number of people in a single undivided indoor space to
exceed the density quotient.