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Sylvia A Gillham

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Ready, Steady, MOVE! COVID-19 restrictions amended for the housing market

May 13, 2020


Ready, Steady, MOVE!

In an amendment to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020, it was announced yesterday that the freezing of a number of activities in connection with the purchase, sale, letting or rental of  residential property has been revised.

The government has laid out its plans to restart the housing market, releasing previous restrictions on operations for estate agents, removals businesses and legal firms alike. This is very welcome news to our specialist residential property lawyers at Thomson & Bancks but also of course to those 450,000 buyers and renters with their plans on hold because of the COVID-19 lockdown.

At Thomson & Bancks, our property experts are ready to react to the needs of clients; old and new whether they are buying, selling, taking a lease or tenancy of a property or, indeed, remortgaging.

With these changes to the restrictions, the whole industry hopes whilst maintaining all important social distancing, that we are now able to start to quite literally move forward!

The most relevant section of the new regulations appear to be:

… to undertake any of the following activities in connection with the purchase, sale, letting or rental of a residential property…

  • visiting estate or letting agents, developer sales offices or show homes;
  • viewing residential properties to look for a property to buy or rent;
  • preparing a residential property to move in;
  • moving home;
  • visiting a residential property to undertake any activities required for the rental or sale of that property;”;

So we are ready, when you are, to get moving !

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