COVID-19 Update: Statewide Standard Issued for Essential Services

As of March 31, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order setting a statewide standard of essential services through April 30. The order, which follows the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s guidelines released earlier this week, allows residential and commercial real estate services, property management, and construction to continue, effective immediately.

This statewide consistency was greatly needed and levels the playing field across our market. According to Texas REALTORS® :

  • The statewide order supersedes existing local orders only where those local orders may have previously restricted essential services or where they were more permissive on gatherings.
  • Even for essential services, telework or online work should be used as much as possible, limiting in-person contact unless absolutely necessary.

Based on this analysis, REALTORS®  can show property across the market but should exercise great caution in doing so. While we understand there will be circumstances that require showing activity, you should continue to take extreme caution in any in-person interaction to protect yourself and discourage the spread of COVID-19. Now more than ever, it is critical that you  stay in close communication with your broker, and brokers with their legal counsel, on any changes to your contracts, current business practices, and policies.

This includes the use of the residential COVID-19 Addendum, as well as newly released forms such as the Commercial COVID-19 Addendum, the COVID-19 Lease Payment Plan Agreement for property managers, and the Model COVID-19 Certification for Property Access for brokers.

If you have further questions on the statewide executive order, call the Texas REALTORS® Legal Hotline at 1-800-873-9155. For the latest COVID-19 updates and resources, continue to visit our COVID-19 Resource Page.

We're in this together, and ABoR has your back. Stay tuned for an email Friday, April 3 announcing exciting new benefits and resources to keep your business moving during this time.

 

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