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New Tier 4 rules on buying, selling, moving home, and tradespeople

The government’s decision to introduce new tier 4 restrictions for London, the south-east and east of England, amid a surge in Covid-19 cases and growing concern about a new strain of coronavirus spreading rapidly in the region, has left many people feeling disappointed as their Christmas plans are thrown into disarray.

Under the new rules, people living in a Tier 4 area must not leave or be outside of their home except for where they have a specific purpose, or a ‘reasonable excuse’, and that does include going to work and moving home.

But while people are still permitted to move home, those outside an individual bubble should not help with moving property unless absolutely necessary, according to the guidance.

It also states that estate and letting agents and removal firms can continue to work, with property viewings still allowed to take place as long as they adhere to Covid safety guidance, which includes social distancing and wearing a face covering.

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick took to social media to confirm that renters and homeowners in England will be able to move and removal firms, tradespeople, and estate agents can still operate by going inside homes.

Writing on Twitter, Jenrick said: “Housing market update: the sales and rental markets remain open in all tiers. All associated activities can continue as before.

“Please follow the Covid secure guidance. And use your judgment as to whether it’s necessary right now.”

Here is the Tier 4 guidance.

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