Are In-Person Property Showings Still Allowed Under Los Angeles's December Safer-at-Home Order?

Posted by Ben Nicolas on Friday, December 4th, 2020 at 11:00am.

On December 2nd, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that we would be returning to a "safer-at-home" order, similar to the order that was enacted at the beginning of the pandemic in March. The basic rule being Los Angelinos must stay in their homes unless they're doing something "essential." During that time, in-person property showings were suspended for a couple of months, and these appointments went virtual. Now that we're under a stricter lock-down than we've had since the summer, are private, in-person property showings in Los Angeles banned?

Despite the name of this lockdown order being the same as the strictest mandate we've had so far, this one is more lenient and includes many contradictions: you're not allowed to spend time with people outside of your household, indoors or outside, but you are allowed to go shopping at an indoor mall filled with people outside your household. Though the new order wasn't communicated very clearly and it's left a lot of people confused over what they can and cannot do, it appears that in-person showings are still permitted. 

Real estate transactions have been classified as "essential business." While open houses are banned, real estate professionals can conduct private tours of properties as long as each appointment is limited to two people within the same household. Other workers essential to the transaction process like lawyers and inspectors may also meet in-person if teleconferencing isn't possible.

So, those who were intending to buy or sell a property before the order was enacted can still proceed as usual. If you want to learn more about what it's like to house hunt during the pandemic, check out this article. You can also email us or gives us a call at (323) 412-9060 if you're ready to buy or sell in East Hollywood or the surrounding areas.

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