The last few weeks have brought some serious challenges to developers and house builders. From building materials being in shorter supply, sites closing due to restrictions on movement and staff trying to cover colleagues’ sickness, the Government has also set out strict guidance on exchange of contracts and banks have taken a step back from offering new loans for house purchases.
We therefore set out below some issues which we believe will be of assistance to you in managing your way through the next few weeks and months of isolation.
Please get in touch if we can assist you.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 and, in particular the heightened lock down restrictions that we find ourselves in, our normal working practices are, in many cases, on hold. Local Authorities are dealing with the processing of applications differently across the country.
On 24 March 2020, in his last letter to Planners as Chief Planner before he stepped down from the position on 31 March, Steve Quartermain encourages planners to be as pragmatic and proactive as possible and to make full use of the technology available to them to ensure that the best possible service is provided in the difficult times of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In recent days the Government has issued guidance regarding the approach to be taken on moving house during the lockdown period. In the course of our work with developers we have seen some buyers decide to wait until there is more certainty on when the lockdown periods will end and other buyers that appear to be more keen to continue to complete purchases (whether exchanged or not) during this period.