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Government advice on home moving during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – Developers and new build sales..

Developers and new build sales

Developers can continue with sales during this period but should ensure that their sales teams follow the government’s safer working guidance. Developers should inform consumers and their own staff about their procedures, so that they are safe throughout the sales process.

  • Where possible, developers should promote virtual viewings.
  • Where physical viewings do take place, including visits to show homes, these should be by appointment with one household visiting one property at a time.
  • Developers should clean surfaces between viewings.
  • For new reservations and contracts, developers should work with conveyancers to ensure contracts take account of the risks posed by coronavirus, including building in flexibility in case move dates need to change as a result of someone falling ill with coronavirus or needing to self-isolate.
  • Developers should do what they can to support anyone with coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating, and those they are in chain with, to agree a new date.