05 Jan 2021

House moves to continue through new lockdown

House moves to continue through new lockdown

The Scottish Government has confirmed that people will still be allowed to move home under the new lockdown rules.

Assuming no further changes are announced, house moves can continue to take place in all five of Scotland's tier levels, provided they can be carried out safely.

New guidelines issued by the government class moving home, including viewing properties, as one of the 'essential purposes' under which people can leave their home.

Activities in connection with the maintenance, purchase, sale, letting, or rental of residential property that a person owns or is otherwise responsible for is also permitted.

As is travelling for the purposes of undertaking essential work on a property other than your main residence, although this should not be used as a pretext for a holiday.  The guidance states that you should not stay longer than for the length of time required to undertake the necessary work.

What is the full government guidelines?

The most up-to-date government guidelines can be accessed here.

People can move home in all protection levels, and to and from areas with different levels, but may wish to consider if they can postpone a move in Tier Four areas, which is currently all of mainland Scotland.

Importantly, this is also only if all people involved in the transaction are free of any coronavirus symptoms and neither they nor any of their household are self –isolating. People must also adhere to the physical distancing regulations and guidance.

Relevant businesses, such as solicitors, estate agents and letting agents, can also continue to support people to move home in all protection levels, and should follow the Scottish Government’s latest guidance for employers and businesses on COVID-19.

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