House moves and viewings can begin again in England under new guidance

Posted on Wednesday May 13, 2020

Residential Property

Property transactions in England can get underway as of 13 May 2020 following the publication of new Government guidance allowing house moves and viewings to begin.

Previous Government guidance required homebuyers and renters to delay moving home, where practically possible and forbade estate agents from conducting viewings while the “stay at home” advice remained in place.

Now, as the Government begins to ease COVID-19 restrictions, it has confirmed that under new regulations viewings and moves will be allowed, as long as social distancing guidelines are followed.

This means that anyone, who has already bought a home but delayed their move, will now be allowed to move in.

It is thought, based on Zoopla data, that around 373,000 property transactions were stopped or delayed as a result of the crisis.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick confirmed that those “waiting patiently to move can now do so” as long as it is carried out safely.

He added that the “step-by-step plan” announced by the Government would enable homebuyers “to move home safely, covering each aspect of the sales and letting process, from viewings to removals”.

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 Residential Property team can help you with your property transaction, please speak to them today