House moves and viewings can begin again in England

The Government has issued new guidance for England that will allow house moves and viewings to begin again from 13 May 2020.

Under the previous Government guidance, buyers and renters had been asked to delay moving home and estate agents had been asked not to conduct viewings while the “stay at home” advice was in place.

However, under the Government’s new updated lockdown regulations, viewings and moves will be allowed as long as social distancing guidelines are observed.

The rule change allows potential homebuyers and renters to visit homes, while anyone who has already bought a home but delayed their move, will be allowed to move in.

It is thought that more than 373,000 property sales have been frozen due to the crisis and it is now hoped that many of these can go ahead.

The Government confirmed that those waiting patiently to move can do so as long as it is carried out safely within the current rules.

Click here to read the official Government guidance

The new regulations are not mirrored in the property markets in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, which remain shut for now.

Those looking to buy or sell homes in England should seek legal advice from a licensed conveyancing solicitor before doing so. To find out how our team of specialist solicitors can help you with your move, please contact us today.