The government has confirmed that the health protection regulations published this afternoon to regulate the Leicester lockdown do not prevent people moving home.
A senior civil servant from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has written to property industry leaders to reassure them that the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Leicester) Regulations 2020 make it clear that “there will be no additional restrictions placed on moving home”.
For example, while gatherings of two or more people are now banned in Leicester as they were nationally at one point during the lockdown, people moving home are exempt.
“People in Leicester will still be allowed to leave home to move and also to leave home to facilitate a house move,” the statement says.
It goes on to confirm that both agents and landlords will be able to continue to support people when they move home as long as they take all the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of infection.
The guidance from MHCLG is important because, as well as giving guidance to home movers, landlords and agents in the city, it suggests that future ‘flare up’ lockdowns regulations will also continue to allow homes moves.
Housing minister Christopher Pincher recently revealed why housing is being given special treatment, saying the industry as a whole employed 2.3 million people from carpenters to those who put up To Rent boards outside properties and everything in between.