Updated COVID-19 guidance on self-isolation and quarantine for home buyers and tenants

Toby Weiss

Toby Weiss

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Updated COVID-19 guidance on self-isolation and quarantine for home buyers and tenants

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities has updated its official guidance on self-isolation and quarantine for home buyers and tenants.

  • If you are aged 18 years 6 months or over and you are not fully vaccinated, and you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, you are legally required to stay at home and self-isolate.
  • If you are fully vaccinated or aged under 18 years and 6 months, and you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, you are not legally required to self-isolate. However, you are strongly advised to take an Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test every day for 7 days, and to self-isolate if any of these test results is positive.

The government has reiterated that housing market in England remains open, meaning that people looking to move home can both continue with planned moves and view new properties to move into in the future.

Estate and letting agents, removers, valuers, and people in sales and letting offices and show homes can continue working. The government has encouraged everyone to follow the guidance below to keep themselves and others safe.

Everyone involved in the home buying and selling process should continue to follow good hygiene practices, including regular handwashing, sanitising, and cleaning. All parties involved should be as flexible as possible and be prepared to delay moves, for example if one of those involved becomes ill with COVID-19 during the moving process or has to self-isolate.

Face coverings must continue to be worn by members of staff in estate agent premises in England. With regards to visiting property, staff should wear face coverings when they are likely to come into close contact with members of the public. This means that the agent and anyone else visiting the property should consider wearing a face covering as they may come into contact with people they do not normally meet during a viewing. Agents should make this clear to homeowners and guests prior to any viewing.

Further detail on the current measures is available in the full guidance below.

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Guidance: Moving home during coronavirus (COVID-19)

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