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Maria Lati

Update from Maria Lati, Partner and Head of Residential Property

Following the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and the rise in infections, the Government has introduced some measures to manage the virus, thereby impacting those moving home.

The housing market in England remains open and the latest guidance urges caution and personal responsibility in terms of physical contact with others.

Viewings

There are no legal limits on numbers when it comes to viewing a home in person. The Government do, however, recommend that buyers take advantage of remote viewings before committing to in-person viewings. It is also recommended that vendors vacate their property during viewings and ensure the property is thoroughly cleaned beforehand.

In line with Government guidance, people should wear a face covering in all indoor settings, unless exempt. Windows should be left open to allow for fresh air circulation within the property.

Tradespeople in the home

Tradespeople can continue to work in other people’s homes unless the customer or tradesperson is self-isolating. Although not being a legal requirement, the Government recommend face coverings are worn in enclosed spaces where you could come into contact with other people. The public are recommended to clean surfaces and let fresh air into rooms while sanitising touch points and to delay any work if either party is showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Completion dates

The Government recommend amicable agreements to change completion dates if someone in the chain or a close family member test positive for COVID-19 or self-isolating. If you require any guidance here, please feel free to contact us.

The full Government guidance note which also provides information on self-isolating and quarantine measures can be viewed here.