Coronavirus: Keebles Conveyancing – Open For Business
These are unprecedented times. The Coronavirus pandemic we are witnessing is affecting the lives of all of us, and we must all work together (from afar) like never before.
Business as usual
Our teams across Sheffield, Leeds and Doncaster have done an incredible job at transitioning into working from home. We are still operating as usual and are contactable to answer any of your questions whether these relate to an ongoing transaction or a new enquiry. The best way to contact us is via email directly to your key contact at Keebles or through firstname.lastname@example.org
Here at Keebles we know that people in the process of buying and selling properties are wondering how all of this will affect their transactions. We are aware that some firms have temporarily closed their conveyancing departments, whilst others have said that they will not complete any transactions at all, and yet some others seem to be carrying on as normal – no wonder people are confused!
For us, we want to get the right mix of acting in our client’s best interests, whilst we all do our bit in accordance with the current government guidelines. We have proactively contacted all of our clients to ascertain what their intentions are, and then we can see how best we can assist them.
Can I complete on my sale or purchase during the Coronavirus lockdown?
As it stands, technically yes. The completion process is a matter of money being moved between banks and completing the necessary paperwork. However………..
The current government restrictions state you must not leave your home unless there is a good reason. It therefore will no longer be possible to “move house” whilst these restrictions are in place. For this reason, at Keebles, we have taken a policy decision not to agree any completion dates or exchange contracts on any impending transactions until we can be certain that by doing so we will not be placing our clients in a position whereby they are contractually bound to move house but cannot do so due to restrictions on movement. If you wish to discuss this with us then please contact your key contact, preferably by email.
I have exchanged contracts – am I meant to complete on my house during Coronavirus?
The guidance issued on 26 March – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-advice-on-home-moving-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak – states the following:
“Where the property being moved into is vacant, then you can continue with this transaction although you should follow the guidance in this document on home removals. Where the property is currently occupied, we encourage all parties to do all they can to amicably agree alternative dates to move, for a time when it is likely that stay-at-home measures against coronavirus (COVID-19) will no longer be in place.
In the new emergency enforcement powers that the police have been given to respond to coronavirus, there is an exemption for critical home moves, in the event that a new date is unable to be agreed.”
Now, although the guidance doesn’t specifically use the word “exchanged” in the above statement, it does go on to say:
“If moving is unavoidable for contractual reasons and the parties are unable to reach an agreement to delay, people must follow advice on staying away from others to minimise the spread of the virus.”
How Can Keebles Help?
If you are a client of ours, simply reply to the email you have been sent about your wishes and we will follow it up from there. If you have not received this email for any reason, please contact your key contact, preferably by email.
Can I still instruct you as my conveyancer?
Absolutely! As we have said, we are open for business.
Whilst none of us know how long the lockdown situation will remain in place, you can certainly instruct us on an agreed sale and/or purchase and we will chat with you about the options open to you. And what’s more, we conduct ID checks on an app so you don’t have to send original passports etc in the post, nor come in to the office.