Easing lockdown

The government has published its coronavirus recovery strategy, setting out an indicative roadmap for the easing of lockdown restrictions. Our understanding is that there is no expectation that housing associations will immediately return to business as usual and we know this will take some time. However, the guidance does clarify where work can restart or continue safely where appropriate.

In the pages below, we’ve summarised the key measures, along with how they may affect housing associations and their residents.

We are seeking further clarity on several urgent issues, including the impact for lettings and sales, repairs and maintenance, and supported housing.

We want to hear how the lockdown easing is impacting your organisation – please get in touch with any questions or concerns so we can share this feedback in our ongoing conversations with government departments.

Top tips

We've put together some top tips for housing associations operating during a local lockdown.


Note on timings

  • The precise timetable for lifting restrictions will depend on the infection risk at each point, and the effectiveness of mitigation measures like contact tracing.
  • Initially, the gap between steps will be several weeks, to allow sufficient time for monitoring. The time between stages may be reduced if monitoring processes become more widespread and accurate.
  • The government may also need to reimpose restrictions at short notice if transmission rates increase too much.

Local lockdown measures

Ongoing restrictions

Easing restrictions from 13 May 2020

Easing restrictions from 1 June 2020

Night shelters

Night shelters currently closed due to the coronavirus outbreak should remain closed, despite the government’s lifting of other lockdown restrictions.

Landlord and tenant guidance

We’ve summarised the government’s new guidance and highlighted the key points for housing associations.

Supported housing

Operating procedures need to protect vulnerable residents and staff.

Easing lockdown video case studies

As members start to think about the new normal, the NHF is creating a suite of online resources for housing associations to support their preparation and planning for the easing of lockdown.

Case study: recovery plan

John Ghader, Chief Executive of Prima Group, shares an overview of how Prima Group is approaching the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Case study: repairs

Peter Hall, Interim Director of Commercial Services at Radian, shares Radian's approach to repairs and maintenance as lockdown eases.

Case study: lettings

Kelly McArthur, Head of Lettings at Sovereign, shares Sovereign's approach to lettings in lockdown.

Supporting programmes

Summary of supporting programmes the government is already operating or planning to roll out which are relevant to housing associations.

Responding to coronavirus

We’ve also collated the most relevant official advice on coronavirus, which members can use to plan with their local partners and put appropriate measures in place.

Who to speak to

Catherine Ryder, Director of Policy and Research