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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Celia Dodd says:

Thu, 04/30/2020 - 22:27
We lost our house purchase at the start of lockdown but want to view a new build in Cornwall as we are living in our small motorhome on a campsite but is this essential travel 187 miles

Linda Green says:

Fri, 05/01/2020 - 18:34
We are being pressurised to move. We sold our house with a complete chain on 30/10/19. The chain of 6 broke in January but the house (not ours) sold again immediately. We are now being pressurised to move as someone in the chain has a mortgage offer expiring at the end of May. One of the chain is a key worker. Will this mean we are OK to go ahead? Can this be classed as critical? Our new home is 200 miles away, but is empty. Your advice would be appreciated. Thank you.

Teresa Nevin says:

Fri, 05/01/2020 - 19:42
I rent from midland Heart housing association, been here for 46 years, am experiencing extreme disturbance, enormous amount of energy and vibrations running throughout my property, it is affecting my wellbeing and need to move as soon as possible,, my landlord has been unhelpful also MP and police, what are my rights

ron johnson says:

Sun, 05/03/2020 - 21:30
There is NO mortgage involved from our cash buyer. We are moving to a rented property. We signed to rent 5 weeks ago so as not to lose the property. Can we move if we agree a date with out buyer?

Rosayln Bailey says:

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 15:33
We have exchanged on a new build. We have paid £30,000+ as a deposit and are in rented costing us an absolute fortune. Can’t go on paying for much longer what do we do?

gail saffer says:

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 19:49
my house is sold young couple living with patents the bungalow I am buying is vacant where do I stand all searches done waiting to sign contract and complete

Dianne Caster says:

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 14:08
My boyfriend has his mother’s house up for sale which is empty. Can people go to view if strict cleaning regime is in place?

Mrs. V. Welsh says:

Sat, 05/09/2020 - 17:47
What about property for sale which has been empty since before the virus?

Sarah Davidson says:

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 14:49
When do you believe people waiting to move can

Deborah Gray says:

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 15:44
What about viewing a property for rental that is completely empty, can this go ahead?

Lynne Walker says:

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 16:33
The bungalow I’m buying has been empty for over 6 months, that’s well before the virus lockdown, my boxes been packed since before lockdown, I’m hoping that I can move soon!

Andrew says:

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 21:44
Estate agents and solicitors all in hibernation.. no real excuse. disgusting that Attwells wanted £1000 up front to work during lockdown, and still done nothing

Cherie says:

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 17:14
Hi my daughter should have moved a week ago into a bungalow. The elderly lady needs to move, she can no longer stay in her own due to blindness and dementia. However the Department of work and pensions have a charge in the property and are refusing payment from the house sale till July!! So be aware any charge on a property could stop even critical house moves

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