Can I move house during coronavirus lockdown? – The Sun


MOVING home can be stressful at the best of times, even more so when the country is in lockdown.

So what are the rules when it comes to moving to a new home during the coronavirus lockdown?

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Can I move house during coronavirus lockdown?

The government has told house buyers to postpone moves if at all possible.

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick said: “I know that many people across the country are due to move house tomorrow.

"Whilst emergency measures are in place, all parties should do all they can to agree a new move date."

The government said transactions could go ahead if they can't be paused for contractual reason, but stressed that social distancing and other measures to contain the virus must be observed.

“Anyone with symptoms, self-isolating or shielding from the virus should not consider moving house, unless there are exceptional health and safety circumstances," a statement said. 

Can I still buy a house during the lockdown?

The government has effectively suspended the housing market and told anyone in the initial stages of a purchase or sale to delay.

It said that estate agents, surveyors, or potential buyers would not be allowed into homes while the lockdown remains in place.

A statement said: "You can speak to estate agents over the phone and they will be able to give you general advice about the local property market and handle certain matters remotely but they will not be able to start actively marketing your home in the usual manner."

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Many lenders had effectively stopped offering new loans amid uncertainty prior to the government's announcement.

They had been struggling to carry out valuations or to process the numbers of calls being received.

The Homeowners Alliance has updated its website for the current climate, saying all sales and purchases which have no yet exchanged should be postponed until restrictions are lifted.

What are the rules of lockdown?

The UK was put into lockdown on March 23.

“Lockdown” isn't a technical term used by public health officials – it is often referred to as “mass quarantines", where residents are forced or advised to stay at home.

This involves restricting the movement of residents and only allowing people to leave home to attend essential work, buy food or medicine or go to the hospital.

Cops will have emergency powers to arrest or fine anyone who doesn't apply with the new measures.

All non-essential shops are now closed except for food, pharmacy, newsagents, vets, petrol stations, hardware, banks, launderettes and undertakers.

Parks will stay open but communal play areas are closed.

Places of worship are closed except for funerals.

There will be no gatherings of more than two people except for households.

Roads and rail networks to remain open but only for essential workers to get to work.

Everyone should now stay in their homes unless:

  • Shopping for food or medicine
  • Exercise for yourself or pets alone or with members of your household only. Not friends
  • Medical appointments or as a carer visiting a vulnerable person
  • Travel to and from work for essential workers only

France, Italy and Spain are all currently in lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus.

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