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“No plans” to open housing market in Wales yet says First Minister

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

This week the UK Government announced that people in England will be able to move in and out of properties, providing social distancing measures are followed due to coronavirus.

However, the rules in Wales remain unchanged for the moment.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020) state that people can move house but only where the move cannot be postponed.

In a statement on Wednesday afternoon, First Minister Mark Drakeford MS provided an update on the Welsh Government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

He said the Welsh Government’s exit strategy will hopefully be made public on Friday, adding that there are currently “no plans” to replicate in Wales the measures which have been introduced in respect of the housing market in England.

The Plenary session can watched again here:

To read more about changes in England on moving in and out of properties, and carrying out viewings, read the NRLA’s updated guidance here.

About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

1 Comment

  • Hi there. We are waiting with bated breath to move from our house in Swansea to a new home in Pembrokeshire. Things are ready for completion and we are nervous about losing our buyers, and therefore our new home. We are both keyworkers and are keen to move soon. Are we almost at a point where the Senedd are about to ease the rules?


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