The government is urging urge parties involved in home moving to “adapt and be flexible” to alter their usual processes.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government said there is no need to pull out of transactions, but that we all need to ensure we are following guidance to stay at home and away from others at all times, including the specific measures for those who are presenting symptoms, self-isolating or shielding. Prioritising the health of individuals and the public must be the priority.
Where the property being moved into is vacant, then you can continue with this transaction although guidance on home removals should be followed.
Where the property is currently occupied, the government is encouraging all parties to do all they can to amicably agree alternative dates to move, for a time when it is likely that stay-at-home measures against coronavirus (COVID-19) will no longer be in place.
In the new emergency enforcement powers that the police have been given to respond to coronavirus, there is an exemption for critical home moves, in the event that a new date is unable to be agreed.
The department said it agreeing with banks that mortgage offers should be extended where delay to completions takes place in order to prioritise safety.
It is also working with conveyancers to develop a standard legal process for moving completion dates.