Property Market Restart: Conveyancing process back on track
The government has eased lockdown measures on the property market in England, but many processes of buying a house can still be done online. Tilly Bailey & Irvine Conveyancing Solicitors in Teesside explain.
Government advice from Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick outlined the property market’s restart, meaning that estate agents’ offices are open and buyers are permitted to view properties once again.
This also means removal companies and surveyors are able to continue, but all of these measures must be still done so while abiding by ongoing social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus during the pandemic.
An estimated 450,000 buyers and renters reportedly had their transactions put on hold during lockdown, Zoopla reporting a 70% drop in buyer demand in March and April 2020.
You are free to move home, whenever you wish
While you can view homes, it should be done so still with health and wellbeing in mind. Common sense is the key in this, and local councils and developers are encouraged to publicise planning applications via social media.
Estate and letting agents can conduct physical viewings
Estate agents and lettings agents can return to traditional viewings, but with social distancing to be observed accordingly. It is expected that digital viewings will still be popular in the meantime for those buying or renting, while anyone advised to self-isolate should continue to do so.
Removal companies can get moving again
A grey area for many that affected the process. Removal workers were permitted to continue, but with social distancing guidelines in place. This has now been made clearer, so removal processes can continue with health and safety measures to be observed by all parties in the transaction.
Conveyancing can be done online during lockdown
Even prior the current situation, the process of conveyancing at Tilly Bailey & Irvine has been a remote-friendly one. John Ellwood, Partner responsible for Conveyancing at the law firm, said:
“Throughout this crisis my conveyancing department has remained open and we have been progressing clients conveyancing transactions. Many clients have found a way to move safely and we have accommodated this. Even during the lockdown period many of our clients have moved.
“The government have now relaxed the rules and all clients except those who are required to isolate can move. You can market properties with estate agents, view properties, and where a sale is agreed you can move. This is great news. Some of our clients have put their transaction on hold to see what was to happen, that is no longer necessary.
“During this crisis period I have developed ways of working which means that clients need not attend our office. Many of our clients live remotely from our area in any event. There is no need to change this. Everything that needs to be done in your conveyancing transaction can be dealt with remotely and we can talk you through a safe system of signing documents and completing your transaction.
“Where you have already been designated a conveyancer within the firm please contact them. Where your transaction is at an early stage and is still within my new business team please contact them. If you are in any doubt as to who to contact please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.”