Have you been trying to buy or sell your property? If so, steps to combat the spread of coronavirus will have impacted your ability to move things along.
On 13 May, the Government changed the rules: Home buyers (and renters) can now move. But they must follow the latest guidance.
Meeting people will still be hard. For now, everyone needs to look for ways to avoid physical meetings.
At times, you will need to meet other people. For example, you may need to have a legal document witnessed. At such times, you must always protect each other by following the latest social distancing guidelines.
You can now make or accept an offer or reserve a property. But be aware there is a greater risk than usual that someone involved may need to delay their move. They may start to show symptoms of coronavirus or need to self-isolate.
The Government is telling everyone to be flexible and to be ready to delay moves. For example, someone might become ill with coronavirus during the moving process or need to self-isolate.
If a legal adviser is handling your conveyancing, they should help to make sure that contracts or agreements are as flexible as possible to take this risk into account.
If you tell your legal adviser to exchange contracts now, make sure the contract says what should happen in light of the ongoing risks caused by the virus.
Whatever your situation, it’s a good idea to speak to your legal adviser. They are well placed to help you understand the risks and suggest what is best for you.
There are things you can do in advance to help your move go more smoothly. So, if your purchase is on hold, preparing now may speed up your move in the future.
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