Coronavirus guidance on housing including sales and rental

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What does this involve?

This guidance contains advice to ensure that moving home and supporting activities, such as viewing property, can happen safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Scotland. This guide is dependent on the coronavirus situation. It may become necessary to pause all home moves for a short period of time to manage the spread of the COVID-19, so please follow the latest public health advice.

You should not expect to move into any home where people have COVID-19 or are self-isolating.

The advice is wide ranging and includes:

  • home moves
  • students who may be moving out of student accommodation, including returning to accommodation to collect belongings
  • home moves resulting in two or more households merging on a permanent or semi-permanent basis
  • custom and self-builders looking to acquire a plot or a property to renovate or to demolish 

The topics covered include:  

  • visiting estate or lettings agents
  • viewing properties
  • moving home
  • renting 
  • student accommodation
  • surveys 
  • solicitors
  • removal firms 
  • transport
  • house building
  • tradespeople
  • home moves in the social and private rented sector

What does this cost?

This is a free service. 

Who is this for?

This is for anyone who is considering moving home or are involved in the housing market. It includes: 

  • home moves
  • students who may be moving out of student accommodation, including returning to accommodation to collect belongings
  • home moves resulting in two or more households merging on a permanent or semi-permanent basis
  • custom and self-builders looking to acquire a plot or a property to renovate or to demolish
  • housebuilders and related industries
  • solicitors and related industries 

How long does this take?

It will take around 40 minutes to read the full guidance.

Important information

If you, or anyone in your chain, is affected by additional COVID-19 restrictions imposed in your, or their, local area, you must comply with these restrictions.

Please consider wearing a face covering when in contact with other people while you are buying or selling your home.

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information and to read the full guidance.

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