Clarity Needed On Critical Home Moves
Developers in the residential property sector are calling on the government to provide greater clarity on what is deemed a ‘critical home move’ under the new Guidance released last week.
Critical Home Moves are exempt from the police’s new powers to sanction non-essential movement if an alternative date is unable to be amicably reached.
However, the Audley Group, specialists in building retirement villages, are seeking out greater clarity on what constitutes a ‘critical’ move.
Whilst moving into empty, specialist new build accommodation may be considered safer than occupied dwellings, the necessity for removers, contractors such as handymen, decorators or carpet fitters could mean that these dwellings pose a significant risk to vulnerable and older home movers until restrictions are lifted.
This could lead to inconsistent advice being offered with some following advice and offering the green light on unoccupied dwellings whilst others consider the inevitable human contact which would pose a heightened risk of contracting the virus, advising clients to delay their move.
Kevin Shaw, managing director of the Audley Group, commented:
“What we urgently need from the government is greater detail on what counts as a ‘critical home move’.
“In our view this absolutely has to include those moving into retirement communities. Now, more than ever, these are crucial to our communities.
“The housing market has been left reeling from the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The recent announcement from the housing secretary has attempted to provide some clarity for those in the midst of moving, without imposing a complete stop on the market.
“Above all, people’s health and wellbeing must be a priority and the news that homebuyers moving into empty properties can press ahead is welcome. People making “critical home moves” are also exempt from restrictions.”