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Conveyancing Transactions – Government Guidance

The Government has released guidance to the public on buying or selling residential homes.  Home buyers and renters should, as far as possible, delay moving to a new house while emergency measures are in place to fight coronavirus.

The recent guidance provides as follows:

  • If the property you are moving to is vacant then you can move provided you follow the government’s guidance on social distancing and house removals.

  • Where the property is currently occupied, the Government is encouraging those involved to do all they can to amicably agree an alternative move date at a time when it is likely the stay-at-home measures will no longer be in place.

    If there is a critical need for you to move and an alternative date cannot be agreed then this is permitted provided social distancing measure are put in place. 

  • Anyone with symptoms, self-isolating or shielding from the virus, should follow medical advice and not move house for the time being.Revised dates for completion should be agreed between the parties.


If contracts have already been exchanged, we understand that agreements are being made with mortgage lenders to find ways to extend mortgage offers for up to three months. 

The Law Society of Northern Ireland continue to recommend that for conveyancing transactions which are not yet in contract, we are to advise our clients not to get in to contract.


Having the right legal advice at the right time is crucial. Our expert team offers clear, concise and problem-solving legal advice to support conveyancing transactions.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with Caroline Glover, of our Property team or your normal Mills Selig contact to discuss.

Caroline Glover 
Senior Associate

Mills Selig
21 Arthur Street
Belfast, BT1 4GA
Northern Ireland

T: +44 (0) 28 9024 3878

30 March 2020

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