Conveyancing and Covid-19 – FAQs

Since the Covid-19 restrictions have been in place, there are number of questions we’re being asked frequently by our clients.  We thought it helpful if we started to list our answers online and we’ll update this page as necessary.

Are you still open for business?

Definitely!  Wallace Quinn are open for business and we’re taking new instructions to buy and sell property.  You can get in touch with us via our website at wallacequinn.co.uk and you can get a real time quote for the legal costs involved in buying new build property at wallacequinn.co.uk/new-build-calculator.

I’ve just bought a new property but want to stay in my existing property until the lockdown is lifted.  Can I still do that?

The Government is advising everybody who can put off moving to do so until the current restrictions are lifted.  It all depends on individual circumstances.  If you’ve bought a new build property you don’t have to move in just because you’ve got the keys.  However you may have somebody desperate to get into the property you’ve sold, or you may have handed notice on a rented property.  Speak to your landlord or the buyer and see if you can reach an agreement or ask your solicitor for advice and help.

Can I still apply for Scottish Government schemes like Help To Buy?

Yes, if you were eligible for a scheme before the lockdown, you are still eligible now.  But recognise that everything is taking a lot longer to process, including the government schemes such as Help to Buy Scotland and the First Home Fund.  The Scottish Government has announced that they will be exending the Help To Buy scheme until 2022, which is great news for home buyers and the construction industry.

Will Estate Agents still value property and can I still get a Home Report for a property I want to sell?

Many Estate Agents are looking to undertake digital valuations where you walk them through your house using Facetime or Skype.   Surveyors are likely to begin preparing Home Reports in June, but this is still to be agreed.

What is the Land Register and what has happened to it?

The Land Register is the computer system that lists every bit of land in Scotland and who owns it. It is a legal requirement that this is updated as soon as possible after your sale concludes.  At the end of March, the Registers of Scotland closed the register to applications because they were sending staff home and there wasn’t a digital solution for the register.  Subsequent to this, a digital solution has been implemented and the land register has reopened. .

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