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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on moving home

Published: 31 Mar 2020

Guidance for people buying or selling private residential homes in Scotland during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on moving home
Overview

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We have now issued supplementary guidance outlining how the first two phases of Scottish Government's route map out of the COVID-19 crisis apply to the housing market and home moves.

This guidance applies only to people buying or selling private residential homes in Scotland.

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. View the guidance on social distancing on NHS inform.

We all need to ensure we are following social distancing guidance at all times, including the specific measures for those who are presenting symptoms, self-isolating or shielding. View the guidance on shielding.

New measures have been introduced to enforce social distancing. People in Scotland are being asked to only go outside if they have a ‘reasonable excuse’. This includes shopping for necessary food, household and medical supplies, travelling to and from work where working from home is not an option, and daily exercise that adheres to social distancing guidance. 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.