Ruth Maguire MSP has welcomed guidance published by the Scottish Government as all house moves in Scotland are permitted from today in line with safety guidelines.

From today, the public are allowed to leave their homes for activities in connection with the purchase, sale, letting or rental of a residential property including:

  • visiting estate or letting agents, sales offices or show homes
  • viewing a residential property with the intention of buying or renting
  • moving home or preparing a residential property for a move
  • visiting a residential property for activities required for rental or sale

The guidance published by the Scottish Government highlights that more of the process of buying and selling a home should be done online, including virtual viewings.

The number of people attending a viewing in person should be restricted to accommodate physical distancing advice, with surfaces, including door handles required to be cleaned before and after each viewing.

SNP MSP said: “The housing market is a key component of the Scottish economy. By restarting activity in this industry, it is clear that the hard work by everyone in North Ayrshire and across Scotland to contain this virus has paid off.

“This positive development will be welcome news to those who have had to put a house move on hold. This isn’t a full return to business as usual, but it’s a good start.”

Scot Gov guidance

Restrictions on home moves will be relaxed from 29 June. Until then previous guidance on moving home issued on 31 March remains in force and asks the public to delay moving. Under previous guidance home moves had to be “reasonably necessary”.