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."