25/09/2020 09:21:09

Further to the announcement by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on the implementation of stronger measures to tackle the rise in COVID-19 infection rates, the Scottish Government has updated its moving home guidance.

It is confirmed that professionals and tradespersons who are required to enter people’s homes to facilitate a home move, can continue to do so.

However, it is imperative that everyone adheres to the safety measures in the moving home guidance and the Propertymark best practice and guidance on house viewings, moves, and maintenance. The emphasis remains firstly on conducting virtual viewings, and secondly on limiting the number of people able to access a property.

Overview of the guidance

From 29 June 2020, all home moves were permitted, provided they can be carried out safely, this will continue to be the case. The guidance provides advice on how to do this. Home moves include students moving home and other home moves resulting in two or more households merging on a permanent or semi-permanent basis. Updated guidance however stipulates that:

  • Once new households have been formed, it is imperative to comply with guidance on meeting others when interacting with other households.
  • People cannot be a member of more than one household and repeated moving between homes, causing households to mix beyond extended households is not permitted, without reasonable excuse.

Local restrictions

The local restrictions have also been updated to clarify there is no national advice to postpone or delay home moves.

If anyone in a chain is affected by additional COVID-19 restrictions imposed in a local area, they must comply with these restrictions. Plans for a local area may be affected depending on the specific restrictions and guidance applied. For example, local restrictions may make it advisable to postpone viewings of properties or delay a home move, where possible.

Moving belongings – advice to the public

Whilst it is discouraged, others from a different household will be allowed to assist with a home move. Socialising, however, is not permitted and asking friends and relatives to help with a house move should be avoided where at all possible. This has been included in the updated guidance.

The full Scottish Government Moving Home Guidance can be read here.

At Scottish Property Centre, we look forward to continuing serving our clients safely, sensibly, and successfully. Our current COVID-19 protocol can be viewed here -

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