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12 June 2020

Law Society Welcomes The Re-opening Of The Housing Market

The Law Society of Northern Ireland has welcomed the re-opening of the housing market from Monday 15th June 2020.

In a statement the President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland, Rowan White, said:

“The Law Society welcomes the updated guidance issued by the Department for Communities, which will lead to the reopening of the ​housing market from Monday, 15th June 2020.

The Society is ​pleased to have contributed to the drafting of this guidance, which recognises the pivotal role that solicitors play in the ​property market in Northern Ireland.

The updated guidance and re-opening of the housing market reflects the many ​weeks of representations by the Society to Ministers and ​Government agencies to get the market moving again.

The Society acknowledges that, whilst this is not a full ​return to ​the position prior to the COVID-19 ​pandemic, it is still a very positive move forward.

Solicitors throughout Northern Ireland will now be able to support their clients to progress ​property transactions safely and in accordance with the guidance provided.

The key message from the ​Society is that, if you are intending to buy or sell a house or other property, ​you should consult your solicitor  at as early stage as possible for advice and guidance ​on appropriate contractual safeguards to ensure that transactions can safely proceed to completion.

We look forward to working with all other sectors ​of the ​property market to ​enable our clients to progress and complete their house moves quickly and safely."


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