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Scottish property market starts to prepare for return

22 June 2020 Property & Estate Agency Stewart Baillie

It's good news for those who have been waiting to move house but have been held up due to the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions placed on us all. In a statement to Parliament last week, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that we are moving into Phase 2 of the Scottish Government’s route map to ease Coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions, meaning that restrictions on house moves will be relaxed on 29th June.

Guidance currently remains in place, advising against moving house and attending in person property viewings, however from next Monday, 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. These activities 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.

A key change is that a home move will no longer have to be reasonably necessary; home moves will be permitted. However the Scottish Government is emphasising that everyone should still comply with the physical distancing and health guidelines.

Further guidance is expected to be released later this week and we will keep you updated with the details. Whether it is a residential or a commercial property, our well-informed and highly trained Property Team can guide you through the complexities involved in buying, selling, or commercial leases, to make the process as stress-free as possible.

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