Hughes Solicitors
19 High Street
Heathfield
TN21 8LU

8:45am to 5pm
Monday to Friday
(evenings and weekend
by prior appointment)

Hughes Solicitors
19 High Street
Heathfield
TN21 8LU

8:45am to 5pm
Monday to Friday
(evenings and weekend
by prior appointment)

Rebooting the housing market: new guidance released for buyers, sellers and conveyancers

12 Jun 2020 | Property law

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.

Click here to read the updated government guidance on home moving during the coronavirus outbreak.

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.

Click here to read the full guidance for conveyancing clients from The Law Society.

If you are interested in buying or selling a property, please contact David Millward in our conveyancing team in Heathfield, East Sussex on 01435 890 101 or email davidmillward@hugheslaw.co.uk.

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.