Q1015: Can I move house during the Coronavirus emergency?
During the 'emergency period', a person must not leave their home without reasonable excuse.
**From 25/04/2020, in England and Wales it is also an offence for a person to be/stay/remain outside their home without a reasonable excuse. **
Your home includes any garden, yard, passage, stair, garage, outhouse etc. – you can still go outside to access those areas of your property.
From the 13th May 2020 and in England only, it is now a reasonable excuse to leave your home to undertake any of the following activities in connection with the purchase, sale, letting or rental of a residential property -
visiting estate or letting agents, developer sales offices or show homes.
viewing residential properties to look for a property to buy or rent.
preparing a residential property to move in.
visiting a residential property to undertake any activities required for the rental or sale of that property.
In Wales, people should only be moving where it cannot be postponed. Please see Q1014 for a list of reasonable excuses, as provided in the legislation.
Some organisations / landlords are delaying mortgages and extending tenancies during this time, to allow people to remain where they are for the time being. We advise that you contact your bank / solicitor / landlord to enquire about your options.
Some moves are being staggered so that people can move out of, and move into, a property on different days. If this affects you, please note that hotels and other accommodation businesses are allowed to open during the 'emergency period' to house people who need accommodation while moving house. See Q1002.
The 'emergency period began on 26th March 2020. An end date has not yet been specified, but this is being reviewed at least every 21 days.