The Law Society has told its members that they can proceed with completions that are due “within the next few days”.
The Law Society released a statement after Michael Gove said on TV that they could go ahead, but before the Government yesterday advised estate agency bodies that unavoidable moves could still happen.
However, the Law Society is seeking further guidance.
Law Society of England and Wales president Simon Davis said:
“Michael Gove said that if transactions have been committed to, they should go ahead. He also said that people should, if at all possible, seek to stay in their current home.
“If you are acting for someone who has exchanged contracts and has a completion date within the next few days, and you, your client and the other side are able to proceed, there is currently no government guidance to prevent you doing so.
“This is, of course, subject to following current guidelines in respect of public health: properties not being occupied with cases (or suspected cases) of Covid-19, occupants not being in a state of isolation, and all parties abiding to social distancing requirements.
“We are seeking further clarity from government and will monitor closely as the situation develops.
“We are hoping for official guidance to be published in the next few days.”
Yesterday, the Government said that house moves – for buyers and sellers and also tenants – could go ahead if unavoidable for contractual reasons.
However, removals companies that belong to trade body BAR have been told to cancel or postpone any moves that were not already under way by Monday evening this week.