Moving House in the Time of Covid 19 – Update
May 13, 2020
The Property Market reopens after Lockdown
After seven weeks on hold, the government has freed its restrictions on the property market allowing buyers in England to view properties and move home from Wednesday 13th May.
This news will come as a relief to you if you have been unable to progress your plans to move since the stay-at-home measures were introduced in March.
Can I move?
Yes. Buyers and sellers in England can now move house, put their homes on the market and view new properties to move into.
And estate agents can visit properties to conduct valuations etc
Guidance for vulnerable people – The government says people who are vulnerable or shielding should balance their need to move home with the increased risks presented by Covid 19.
Will Marsons Solicitors be open?
As much of our work can be done remotely, we have been able to operate throughout the lockdown and will continue to do so. We are grateful for our clients for continuing to instruct us on existing and new matters during these uncertain times.
However, our offices will remain closed to our staff and visitors. We will only open when we are sure that it is safe for our staff, their families, and you.
What about estate agents, site staff, surveyors and removal firms?
Estate agents, site offices and show homes, surveyors and removal companies are all able to operate but only where they comply with Government guidance on social distancing and hygiene.
Yes, it is good news!
Please be aware
- There will be a backlog for surveyors, lenders, construction sites to deal with which could cause delays
- It is likely transactions will take longer as solicitors, estate agents, lenders, and developers get back up to speed
- Face to face meetings are unlikely to take place in the short to medium term
- People who are self-isolating or showing coronavirus symptoms should not leave their home at all, including to undertake viewings or move house.
Thank you for your patience and support during these difficult circumstances. We are here to help you and will continue to provide good value legal services during unprecedented times.
The Partners and Staff of Marsons Solicitors
The information contained in this article is intended for general guidance only. It provides useful information but it is not a substitute for obtaining legal advice as the articles do not take into account specific circumstances. So do please Contact US for legal advice on the issues raised.