Dear MCAR member,
Today our Government Affairs Director, Dr. Scott Dick, was updated by Dr. Edward Moreno, Monterey County Director of Public Health, on the shelter-in-place mandate updated on April 3, 2020. Dr. Moreno was clear and firm about staging properties (see paragraph 5 below).
The discussion centered on permissible activities allowed by real estate as an essential service. MCAR strongly recommends that every member read the shelter-in-place order carefully (
If the essential activities are related to the sale or occupancy of a vacant property they are permitted
1. The property is vacant. Meaning the previous residents have
abandoned the property entirely with no intention to return
all furnishings are removed
2. All essential activities must be directly related to health and safety and only entry into a property is allowed if
all social distancing mandates
are strictly enforced.
acant properties must be
empty of all furnishings
4. For vacant properties the only other essential activities permitted under the April 3, 2020 modified order are for the entry of a termite inspector, home inspector and/or appraiser. They must also adhere to the strict guidance in the updated social distancing requirements from the order of April 3, 2020. As a reminder the housing unit
must be vacant and with no furnishings
Staging the property is forbidden
; in that the staging of furnishings provide surfaces susceptible to contamination.
We highly encourage all members to review the updated Shelter in Place Order and review with your Broker and/or legal counsel as to how this information from the Monterey County Health Department applies to your approach in showing vacant properties.