Coronavirus (COVID-19): supplementary guidance on moving home
This guidance outlines how the first two phases of Scottish Government’s route map out of the COVID-19 crisis apply to the housing market and home moves.
We do not have a specific date for the start of Phase 2. In order to progress, we will need to have seen evidence of transmission being controlled. If the virus remains suppressed, and the evidence allows us to do so – then gradually, more restrictions will be removed.
During phase 2, members of the public will be allowed to leave their homes in order to undertake certain activities in connection with the purchase, sale, letting or rental of a residential property which are expected to include:
- visiting estate or letting agents, developer sales offices or show homes;
- viewing residential properties to look for a property to buy or rent;
- preparing a residential property to move in;
- moving home; or
- visiting a residential property to undertake any activities required for the rental or sale of that property.
This will allow people working for relevant organisations and businesses to travel to work where necessary in order to undertake these activities in a safe manner. A key change is that a home move will no longer have to be reasonably necessary; home moves will be permitted. Everyone should still comply with the physical distancing and health guidelines.
Please note that the detailed rules for phase 2 are contingent on amendments being made to the Scottish coronavirus restriction regulations. We will also issue revised guidance to replace Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on moving home before phase 2 begins.
For further details, please call Katie Lamont 01397702200 or [email protected]