Moving home can be a famously stressful time, and this is only exacerbated by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
You’ve finally saved up enough money to buy your dream house, or the lease has come to an end and you can escape your nightmarish housemates.
You’ve paid the deposit and admin fees, and you’ve signed the never-ending amount of paperwork – and now all that is left is to move in.
But can you still move house during the pandemic?
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Can you move house in tier 2 or 3 lockdown areas?
In England, people are allowed to move home, regardless of which tier their area falls into.
Estate agents continued to work through the last lockdown and moves went ahead as usual in the month of November.
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said last month that businesses crucial to the housing market can also continue to operate while following health and safety rules.
The exception only applies when moving to a new permanent primary address and does not allow people to move temporarily.
Under current circumstances relevant businesses, such as estate agents and removal companies, have been asked to implement their own Covid-19 safety rules.
These measures could include offering virtual viewings, vacating your current property during viewings, and ensuring your property is thoroughly cleaned before someone else moves in.
You will need to contact your agency to find out what measures they have in place.
Those who are visiting an agent’s office or viewing a property should wear a face covering.
All physical viewings where prospective buyers or renters will be entering the property should involve no more than two households inside the property at any one time – this includes the estate agent.
You should avoid touching surfaces, and you must sanitise your hands regularly when doing physical viewings.
Renters have to be given a six-month eviction notice – three-month ones were banned back in March.
Although indoor gatherings are banned in tier two and tier three areas, there are exemptions in place to ‘facilitate moving homes,’ meaning you can enlist friends and family to help you move.
Can you move house in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland?
You can still move home in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, as long as it can be done safely.
In all cases, people are advised to wear face coverings, to observe social distancing measures and are asked to avoid touching physical surfaces unless neccessary.
Rules vary slightly across each devolved nation – visit the government’s website for the latest rules.
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