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Latest advice gives green light to existing house moves to be completed..

The government has clarified its position on house moves, advising that home buyers and renters should, as far as possible, delay moving home until the Coronavirus crisis has abated.

Estate agent will be relieved that the government has not implemented an outright ban, enabling ongoing transactions to be completed and fees collected.

The government says ongoing sales and rental house moves can proceed “if moving is unavoidable for contractual reasons and the parties are unable to reach an agreement to delay”.

If the house move does proceed, the government says people must follow advice on social distancing to minimise the spread of the virus.

“Anyone with symptoms, self-isolating or shielding from the virus, should follow medical advice and not move home for the time being,” the advice ads.