18th May 2020

Summary of Guidance on Moving House

Following the publication of the Government’s Covid-19 recovery plan on 11th May 2020, the new regulations on moving house came into force from 13th May 2020, the aim being to kick-start the housing market.   https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-advice-on-home-moving-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

The guidance states that estate agents, conveyancers, removal firms and tradespeople can return to work, subject to following government guidance.  Virtual viewings are encouraged, as well as remote working for conveyancers.  It has also been emphasised that agreements should be made to move completion dates, where a party in the chain has symptoms, or is shielding/self-isolating.  Contracts should include delay provisions to manage any delays and risks caused by Covid-19.

This article is just a summary of the guidance that has been issued, but if you have any queries, please do contact us for further advice on your own particular circumstances.

On 18th May 2020, The Law Society issued updated guidance to conveyancers, advising clients on house moves.  The industry guidance and consumer guidance can be downloaded from https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/support-services/advice/articles/guidance-to-conveyancers-advising-clients-on-house-moves/ .

The amended regulations allow the following activities in connection with the purchase, sale, letting or rental of a residential property:

(i) visiting estate or letting agents, developer sales offices or show homes;

(ii) viewing residential properties to look for a property to buy or rent;

(iii) preparing a residential property to move in;

(iv) moving home;

(v) visiting a residential property to undertake any activities required for the rental or sale of that property.

The original unamended Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 can be found here.

There are numerous articles and commentary  on the amended guidance, but you may find the following helpful:

BBC – am I allowed to move house?

BBC – moving home allowed.

This article is for general information only and does not constitute legal or professional advice.  Please note that the law may have changed since this article was published. 18th May 2020