Given the situation in the UK with regard to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), we urge parties involved in home moving to adapt and be flexible to alter the usual processes.
There is no need to pull out of transactions, but we all need to ensure we are following guidance to stay at home and away from others at all times, including the specific measures for those who are presenting symptoms, self-isolating or shielding. Prioritising the health of individuals and the public must be the priority.
Where the property being moved into is vacant, then you can continue with this transaction although you should follow the guidance on home removals.
Where the property is currently occupied, we encourage all parties to do all they can to amicably agree alternative dates to move, for a time when it is likely that stay-at-home measures against coronavirus (COVID-19) will no longer be in place. If moving is unavoidable for contractual reasons and the parties are unable to reach an agreement to delay, people must follow advice on social distancing to minimise the spread of the virus.
We understand that this is a very difficult time for our clients. The situation is unprecedented, and we’re becoming aware all the time of different aspects of the impact of the pandemic on those moving home.
You can find the official government advice on home moving during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak here. This guidance applies to people buying or selling private residential homes which they intend to live in.
We’re seeking further clarity from government and will monitor closely as the situation develops. We’re hoping for official guidance to be published in the next few days.
In the meantime, if you have questions our teams are all safely and securely working from home so don’t hesitate to contact our Residential Conveyancing Team on 01246468468 or fill in the enquiry form below.
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