The rules and regulations regarding Covid-19 frequently change, but the latest guidance from the government states that unvaccinated homebuyers or renters will have to isolate if they are exposed to the virus, even if it means missing their moving day.
Earlier this week, the new rules were announced differentiating between those who are double jabbed and those who have opted against having the vaccinations.
This means if someone tests positive for Covid-19 in their household, they have to self-isolate for seven days, regardless of whether they were due to move home during that time or not. However, those who have been vaccinated do not have to self-isolate after exposure to the virus, as long as they carry on testing with lateral flow devices.
What’s more, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities states: “You should not expect to immediately be able to move into any home where people have Covid-19 or are self-isolating. There is a greater risk that home moves may need to be delayed if someone in the transaction shows symptoms of Covid-19 or is self-isolating.”
Therefore, if someone in the chain has the virus, this could cause ramifications for the other buyers.
Consequently, all parties are encouraged to be flexible about completion dates in this circumstance. Even though housing contracts and tenancy agreements are legally binding, buyers and tenants have to prepare to make other arrangements, such as moving in with a loved one for a few days.
They are also advised to take necessary measures leading up to the move to limit the risk of contracting the virus, particularly if they are unvaccinated, as the isolation guidance has a much bigger impact for this group of people.
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