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    8 January 2021

    Moving home during the Coronavirus Pandemic

    In this extremely fast-moving situation, we would like to reassure our clients who are in the process of buying or selling their homes, that property transactions will go ahead as normal, under covid-19 guidelines.

    The Coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt our day-to-day life.  Several restrictions have been introduced to slow the spread, including the introduction of a tier system, and a subsequent national lockdown, instructing people to “stay at home”.  However, the Government guidance for moving home during the Coronavirus pandemic remains the same ‘people looking to move home will be able to both continue with planned moves and view new properties to move into in the future. Estate and lettings agents, removers, valuers and people in sales and lettings offices and show homes will be able to continue working.’

    It is important that everyone continues to stay safe and limit risk, therefore the following additional guidance has been included:

    • Initial viewings should be done virtually, wherever possible.
    • Follow the social distancing guidelines if people are being shown around your home and wear a face covering. Open all doors and ensure that door handles and surfaces are cleaned after each viewing.
    • After a viewing, open all windows to let fresh air in and circulated throughout the home.
    • People outside of a household or support bubble should not help with moving, unless absolutely necessary.
    • When moving, you and your household should do as much packing as possible.
    • Nil Stamp Duty continues until March 2021, for properties under £500k if you only own one property.

    We welcome the news that the property market can continue in these turbulent times’ said Chrissie Hartley-Hengist ‘We do have options of clauses for contracts if necessary, so we are able to protect our clients with moving homes and provide some reassurance. The legal process is no different to what it has been previously, although we are all adjusting to slightly different forms of communication.

    If you would to take legal advice regarding buying and selling your home, or would like to discuss any of the points raised in our ‘moving home during the Coronavirus pandemic’ article, our specialist property team will be able to assist.  Please email realestate@steeleslaw.co.uk or call 01603 598000 and a member of the team will be happy to contact you.

    *The information provided in this article is designed to provide useful information on the subject, not to provide specific legal advice.

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