Government lifts restrictions on house moves

The Government has announced that house moves, including social housing lettings, can restart, with appropriate safety measures in place.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced that restrictions on moving house because of the coronavirus outbreak have been lifted from 13 May, provided that people follow the updated guidance on how to move home safely during the crisis.

This guidance includes specific advice for social landlords on lettings and tenant moves, making clear that lettings can go ahead with appropriate safety precautions in place, unless people are shielding or self-isolating.

We understand this supersedes the previous guidance which suggested that only essential moves should take place. We are seeking further clarity from MHCLG on whether the government is also expecting all local authorities to restart nominations, as we know many have paused.

Alongside this, the government announced further measures to support homebuilding, including a Safe Working Charter with the Home Builders Federation, several changes via the planning system including more flexible working hours on home building sites, and allowing local planning authorities to defer Community Infrastructure Levy payments to support smaller developers.