The announcement to re-start the housing market has been resoundingly welcomed, with estate agents and solicitors operating under new guidance to enable people to move home safely.
After several weeks of inactivity, buyers and sellers are preparing for a surge in demand and the housing market is already showing signs of warming up. Property website Rightmove reported in excess of six million visits to its website on Wednesday 27 May 2020, up 18 per cent on the same Wednesday in May last year.
To ensure that safety is the number one priority, the Government has produced detailed guidance for each stage of the property buying process from conducting viewings, dealing with estate agents, engaging legal advisors to do the conveyancing right through to booking a removal van and moving in.
How Hughes Solicitors can help
Here, at Hughes Solicitors in Heathfield, we will also be adhering to the sector specific guidance issued for conveyancers by The Law Society.
David Millward, residential conveyancing specialist, explains that we will be supporting buyers and sellers at key stages of the conveyancing by:
- making sure our clients are aware of the differences in completing transactions during this period;
- conducting appointments by telephone, video conferencing or email where possible;
- where client meeting are essential, we will ensure that social distancing and hygiene measures are observed;
- promoting flexibility and covid specific deferment clauses in contracts in case any person involved in the transaction is affected by the virus or notified through the NHS test and trace service;
- advising clients on explicitly managing the risks of coronavirus before moving into a new property; and
- prioritizing support for anyone who is clinically vulnerable, or shielding, or with symptoms of coronavirus, or self-isolating to agree a new date to move.
This article is for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal or professional advice. Please note that the law may have changed since the date this article was published.