Useful information from the Scottish Government for people buying or selling private residential homes during #Covid19 (part one)

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Please click on this link for updates from the Scottish Government website for useful information for people buying or selling residential homes during #COVID19

You may also find the Registers of Scotland website helpful during this time as well as it is regularly being updated to keep you informed as is the LAW Society of Scotland website.

 

We have taken some useful paragraphs off the Scottish Government article to bring to your attention below for ease of reading. Please let us know if you have any questions.

There may be no need to pull out of transactions but we should all be trying to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). People are therefore urged to delay moving to a new home while stay-at-home measures are in place.

We recognise that this will be difficult for people who had hoped to move house in the next few months but urge all of those involved to adapt and be flexible.

Prioritising the health of individuals and the public must be the priority.

People are allowed to leave their homes to move home but only where it is reasonably necessary, which may include where a new moving date cannot be agreed.

This Guidance is directed at moving home involving the buying and selling of property. Similar considerations apply to people moving in other circumstances.

In all circumstances, we recommend that you speak to your solicitor. You should also remember that the process of moving home involves a number of different people and businesses who may also be affected by COVID-19.

 

What does this mean for my property move which is scheduled whilst the stay-at-home measures against coronavirus (COVID-19) apply?

Home buyers should, where possible, delay moving to a new home while stay-at-home measures are in place to fight COVID-19.

In light of the risks to health arising from COVID-19, no one should be contemplating a home move involving not only themselves but any other parties in the process, e.g. sellers still in residence, solicitors, surveyors, removal companies or estate agents and their relevant support staff. A home move involves many others, over and above the purchaser, who should not be asked to place themselves at risk.

Where move dates have already been agreed, we encourage all parties to do all they can to amicably agree alternative dates to move, for a time when it is likely that stay-at-home measures against coronavirus (COVID-19) will no longer be in place.

All parties should work together to agree a delay or another way to resolve this matter.

 

If the parties are unable to reach an agreement to delay, people must follow advice on social distancing to minimise the risk of spreading the virus as a result of the move.

Anyone with symptoms, self-isolating or shielding from the virus, should not move house at the present time. All parties should prioritise agreeing amicable arrangements to change move dates for households with individuals in this group. This includes where someone in the chain of those involved in the proposed move is in this group, particularly where that person is being shielded from the virus.

If you have not yet agreed a date of entry

People who have not yet agreed a date of entry should not agree a date that falls within the period during which stay-at-home measures apply. It should be noted that these measures might be extended. Any agreement made between parties around a future date of entry should make explicit provision for the possibility of deferring that date.

If you have agreed a date of entry

People who have an agreed date of entry should seek to delay that date with agreement from the other people involved in the transaction, taking account of the period of time the restrictions are likely to be in place. Bear in mind that you may have reached a formal legal bargain to buy or sell on a particular date and discuss this with your solicitor. You should also agree the approach to any future potential need to delay as a result of COVID-19.

 

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