Coronavirus Blog Series:
Key Considerations when Moving House

Published 9 June 2020

Covid-19 has undoubtedly had an impact on the various stakeholders involved in the house moving process. Ongoing restrictions and regulations will continue to have an impact on the way the various stakeholders operate.

For the foreseeable future, it will be prudent to look for alternatives to physical meetings where possible. The use of video-conferencing tools, telephone calls and emails has never been more important.

As we see the gradual lifting of the restrictions, below are some key considerations that all parties should incorporate into the house moving process:

Virtual viewings should be accommodated where feasible.

Where a physical viewing is being carried out, do not permit the viewing to go ahead if any of the attendees have expressed developing any symptoms relating to Coronavirus.

ID checks should be conducted in the first instance by electronic verification methods where possible to avoid the need for physical presence.

Electronic signatures should be used where possible.

When a wet signature with independent witnesses is required, ensure that each individual uses their own pen and each individual observes the necessary social distancing measures.

If you have developed Coronavirus related symptoms on the day of completion, or in the days leading up to completion,  please speak to your solicitor for advice.

Minimise physical contact during hand over the keys, and ensure the keys are sanitised.

MKB Law’s residential and commercial property department continues to operate at full capacity and we are conducting transactions on a “solution-driven” basis. We believe that how we endeavour to deal with property transactions now, will define the future of the property market and that of the wider economy.

For further information or advice, please contact the Property Department at MKB Law.

Maria Conway
028 9099 3115

Pamela Charters
028 9099 3127

Emma Smyth
028 9099 3151

This article is for general guidance only and should not be regarded as a substitute for professional legal advice.

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