House move restrictions to be lifted in Scotland

Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has confirmed that the restrictions for moving house will be relaxed from Monday 29th June 2020. 

This news was announced during today's coronavirus briefing where the First Minister confirmed that Scotland would be entering phase two of its lockdown easing. 

At this moment in time no updated guidance for moving home in Scotland has been released. However, the Scottish Government did release some supplementary guidance on home moving at the end of May which outlines what phase 2 would look like.

Phase 2- Relaxation of restrictions on housing moves (Published: May 28th)

During phase 2, members of the public will be allowed to leave their homes in order to undertake certain activities in connection with the purchase, sale, letting or rental of a residential property which are expected to include:

  • visiting estate or letting agents, developer sales offices or show homes;
  • viewing residential properties to look for a property to buy or rent;
  • preparing a residential property to move in;
  • moving home; or 
  • visiting a residential property to undertake any activities required for the rental or sale of that property.

Please note: Official guidance is still to follow. The supplementary guidance released at the end of May is available in full here.

Stuart Fairlie, Operations and Technical Director, comments: "This is big news for Scotland's housing market. Reading the supplementary guidance released last month and the First Minister's statement earlier today it would seem that from the 29th June, Estate and Letting Agents will be allowed to reopen, and the home moving process can restart, as it has done in England, and more recently in Northern Ireland. Energy Assessors/Surveyors in Scotland who are very much part of this home moving process will therefore be able to get back to work from the 29th June. We are pleased to see this announcement from the First Minister, and advocate that all members in Scotland follow the latest guidance from government , to ensure their own safety and protect their clients. We will ofcourse update members once any updated or futher guidance on home moving has been released by Scottish Givernment".

Scotland's Route Map out and through COVID-19:

COVID-19 supplementary guidance on moving home (28th May):

Article published: 18/06/2020

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