COVID19 open homes and auctions stage 3 from noon July 3rd 2020

Sourced from covid19.qld.gov.au July 1 2020 QUEENSLAND

Questions about real estate

I work in the real estate industry; can I conduct an open house inspection on a property?

Yes, open house inspections are permitted. The agent must ensure that they limit the number of attendees to no more than one person per 4 square metres at a time. If the home is less than 200 square metres in size, then the one person per 2 square metre rule will apply, up to 50 people.

The agent should ensure good hand hygiene and frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection is maintained during an open house inspection.

Given the close interaction involved, agents are required to keep a record of all guests’ contact information, including name, phone number, email address and the date and time period of patronage for 56 days (8 weeks) to assist with contact tracing if required.

The agent should ensure that physical distancing including four or two square metres per person, hand hygiene and frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection is maintained during an open house inspection.

Can I go to an auction?

Yes, auctions are permitted but the auctioneer and agents must ensure that they limit the number of attendees to no more than one person per 4 square metres of space available for staging the auction or one person per two square metres if the space is less than 200 square metres.

The event should be staged in such a way that physical distancing is observed and all participants can stay at least 1.5 metres apart if possible.

Given the close interaction involved, agents are required to keep a record of all guests’ contact information, including name, email address, phone number, and date and time of patronage, for 56 days (8 weeks) to assist with contact tracing if required. 

The following information is from the Federal Privacy Commissioner

COVID-19 resources

As COVID-19 restrictions ease, some states and territories are managing the ongoing risks of the virus by requiring businesses to collect personal information about customers and visitors to their premises.

Organisations should securely store this information once it’s collected: avoid recording personal details in a book, notepad or computer screen where others may see it, and limit access to the information to staff who need to see it. 

We have published guidance to assist businesses that are required to collect contact information by State and Territory Directions and Orders. We have also developed a range of COVID-19 advice on privacy and freedom of information for individuals, Australian Government agencies and organisations covered by the Privacy Act 1988.