Property Market on the Move Again After Relaxing of Lock Down Rules

People can view properties and move house from today, after a change in Government lock down guidance, enabling anyone in England to buy, sell or rent property. The government estimates that more than 450,000 buyers and renters had been unable to progress their plans to move since March. Estate agents’ will be able to reopen, surveyors can carry out their checks and removals firms can transport belongings. The key is that 2 metre social distancing and isolation rules are followed, and the wearing of gloves and masks where appropriate, enabling people to move safely.

Rachel Gaylor, Head of Residential Property at our sponsors, The Head Partnership Solicitors said, “Luckily, as conveyancers can work remotely we have been actively been able to help people complete property transactions throughout the lock down but now our property peers can return to work, we are looking forward to helping many clients we know who have had to put their plans on hold”.

Rachel continued, “People still need to move because of job changes, upgrades to a larger premises as their family grows, or first time buyers wanting to take advantage of the current record low interest rates. It is predicted there will be an increase in would-be homebuyers planning to move to more rural towns as people conclude home working is here to stay, or dream of a different pace of life, making local areas in and around Henley, Reading and Wokingham for instance most desirable.” Rightmove said visits to its website were up more than 20%.

Under amendments to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) regulations in England, a reasonable excuse for being away from home will be expanded to include:

  • Visiting estate or letting agents, developer sales offices or show homes (although arrangements by pre-appointment are likely to be required, rather than drop-ins)
  • 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

For more information on buying or selling a property please contact Rachel Gaylor at The Head Partnership Solicitors on telephone: 0118 920 9496 or rachelg@thpsolicitors.co.uk

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