Many of us watched the Prime Minister’s statement last Sunday (10th May 2020), which indicated a relaxation to the lockdown provisions, for some employers in certain areas in the country.
One of the boosts that we are now likely to see is in the housing market as, from Wednesday 13th May, anyone in England can now move to a new house as long as they follow the amended guidance of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
Previously all buyers and sellers were informed of the need to delay completion until the end of the lockdown due to COVID-19.
The boost to the housing market will primarily be seen with Estate Agents now being able to reopen their offices, with house viewings permitted, and show homes reopening. Removal companies can also restart.
Conveyancing solicitors, including our department at Barrett & Co Solicitors LLP, were previously asked to continue to support the moving process as far as possible, including making every effort to enable our clients scheduled to complete their purchase of an occupied property, to change their moving date.
However, we have now been encouraged to assist our existing clients with completing on their property transactions and to accept and progress new instructions in the normal way, whilst of course following the new guidance.
The team will continue however to conduct as much of their business as remotely as possible. In the rare event that client meetings are required, we will ensure that measures are in place to allow for appropriate social distancing and hygiene.
With the market now re-opening, if you are now actively looking to take advantage of the property market, please get in touch with our conveyancing team who would be happy to assist you.
Please call our offices on 0118 958 9711 for a conveyancing quotation.