Frequently asked questions - current restrictions
Last updated: 25 June 2021
Read below for answers to frequently asked questions by businesses in property, real estate and strata sector within Victoria.
What are the current face mask requirements?
Face masks continue to be mandatory in some locations, unless a lawful reason not to wear one applies.
Inspections and auctions
How should property or real estate agents ensure that people attending physical inspections are not symptomatic, self-isolating or under quarantine before attending?
Agents should ask prospective tenants/purchasers to declare that they are not symptomatic, self-isolating or under quarantine when booking an inspection. At the start of an inspection, agents should confirm this again verbally.
If, through the inspection, there is an indication that the person is symptomatic, or should be self-isolating or in quarantine, the agent can end the inspection and ask the person to leave the premises.
How often should properties open for inspection or auction be cleaned to reduce COVID-19 transmission?
Properties should be cleaned before and after each inspection and auction. High-touch surfaces (for example, door handles) must be cleaned after each inspection, even if prospective tenants or buyers used gloves.
Do display suites come under the retail restrictions?
Strata, building operators and owners corporations
I am a member of an owners corporation. What are my COVIDSafe responsibilities?
Owners corporations must have a for the schemes and sites that they manage. The COVIDSafe Plan applies to common areas including access points, lifts, foyers and hallways, as well as shared facilities such as gyms, pools, dining and entertainment areas.
The owners corporation is responsible for ensuring the actions documented in the COVIDSafe Plan are implemented and communicated with occupants and all workers at a site. The owners corporation is also responsible for answering any queries occupants and workers may have about .
The owners corporation should also coordinate with businesses that occupy the site, as they require their own COVIDSafe Plans to operate.
I own an investment property within a strata scheme. What are my obligations?
Do building operators need a COVIDSafe Plan for multi-dwelling properties?
Multi-dwelling properties include:
- low, mid, and high-rise residential apartment buildings
- student accommodation
- long-term accommodation rentals
- townhouses with shared facilities
- single room occupancy properties with shared facilities
- mixed use properties where there is a residential component with shared facilities.
Can construction works be carried out in multi-dwelling properties?
Reviewed 22 July 2021