COVID-19 Q&A | Sintons | Residential Conveyancing


During these unprecedented times, where the situation is changing on a daily basis, we are aware that individuals and business owners will have many questions and uncertainties about how these developments impact on them.

Here, through a series of Q&A with expert lawyers from across our firm, Sintons hopes to be able to answer some of those pressing questions, and provide some certainty and clarity for people who are unsure how to proceed.

We will bring you a question and answer per day for the next few weeks.

Q – I am in the process of buying a property but have seen the recent advice against moving to a new house at this time. Should I proceed?

A – The Government has issued advice to all parties currently involved in the conveyancing process to adapt and be flexible. While this may mean that you cannot move house immediately, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to withdraw from your transaction and that matters cannot progress. As long as you adhere to the guidance which has been set out (stay at home and away from others at all times, prioritise the health of individuals and the public) then the buying and selling process can still continue, though matters will take longer than usual to complete.

If the property you are intending to move into is vacant, then you may, in certain circumstances, be able to proceed to exchange and completion, on the proviso that the removal process does not breach guidelines.

If the property you are moving to is currently occupied, then we would encourage you to agree alternative completion dates so that house moves can take place when the stay-at-home measures are no longer in place and it is safe to move. Contracts should not be exchanged unless provision has been made for the risks in connection with the virus.

* For advice on this or any other residential property matter, please contact Anna Barton, head of residential conveyancing at Sintons, on anna.barton@sintons.co.uk or 0191 226 3743.


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