Do I have to pull out of my house move?

Government advice released last week clearly states that there is no need to withdraw from property transactions. The Government is, however, urging that the health of individuals and the public is prioritised.

Key advice is that:

  • home buyers and renters should, where possible, delay moving to a new house while measures are in place to fight coronavirus.
  • if you have already exchanged contracts and the property is currently occupied then all parties should work together to agree a delay or another way to resolve this matter.
  • if moving is unavoidable for contractual reasons and the parties are unable to reach an agreement to delay, people must follow advice on staying away from others to minimise the spread of the virus.
  • anyone with symptoms, self-isolating or shielding from the virus, should follow medical advice which will mean not moving for the time being, if possible.

Full Government advice is available to read here.

Although our offices are closed, the residential property team at FSM Solicitors are working hard from home to support our clients through this difficult time. We are focused on working with our clients, other solicitors and estate agents to arrange mutually agreeable timescales and moving plans.

If you have any questions about your move please contact your closest office.

The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice. The law may have changed since this article was published. Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice upon their own particular circumstances.

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