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Coronavirus: York developer fears builders may soon have to stay home

By March 20, 2020 No Comments
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On a building site in Stockton Lane in York the talk is about how long the restrictions on people’s movements will last.

Developer Dan Warrington had hoped to finish his conversion of an old guest house into two four-bedroom homes in May.

But now he fears his builders could soon be forced to stay at home by the government, and his planned quick turnaround on this development is up in the air.

His selling agent is local firm Preston Baker which, like all estate agents, are doing their best to be upbeat.

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Valuation manager Gemma Bolton believes house prices will hold up

Valuation manager Gemma Bolton said another home she put on the market this week already has offers at the asking price and she believes house prices will hold up.

Standing in the shell of Mr Warrington’s half-finished project, Gemma’s boss, James Baker, is hoping things will get back to something similar to normal in June.



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17 March – Life with coronavirus in York

He concedes that no one can say how much of a hit house prices will take if the economic disruption lasts longer.

On the other side of York, Lou, a five-year-old American cocker spaniel, is fetching a ball thrown on the edge of the racecourse.

His owner, Fiona Kerr, is a full time dog walker, whose business income has fallen off a cliff in the past week.

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Dog walker Fiona Kerr she’ll be helped by the three-month moratorium on evictions

Last month, her landlord served an eviction notice to get her and her 11-year-old son Alex out of their home.

She hopes the government’s three-month moratorium on evictions will give her some breathing space, but she worries that when the coronavirus crisis is over the demand for the social housing she had hoped to move into will be even higher than it is now.

She thinks the government has been quick to offer solutions to big businesses and too slow to give her any concrete help.

Alex, meanwhile, is looking forward to what could be the longest school holiday he will ever have.

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