Under the traffic light system you can settle, move, and undertake physical pre-settlement inspections under all 3 traffic light settings, regardless of your vaccination status.  This will mean that most sale and purchase settlements will be able to take place without restrictions.

However, it is recommended that you practice good hygiene, wear a face covering and maintain social distancing whenever possible.  Individual parties are able to require you to be vaccinated when viewing a property or interacting with their staff. 

Given the current nature of the Covid-19 pandemic, the government has indicated that travel in and out of certain regions may be restricted in the event of rising case numbers and hospitalisations. 

Additionally there may be people who are required to self-isolate at home because they have contracted Covid-19 or are arriving from overseas.  Therefore, the best option is still to include a Covid-19 disruption clause in any Agreement for Sale and Purchase that you sign to ensure that the parties are clear on what the arrangements will be if a party cannot settle or move by the agreed date as a result of Covid-19, and to avoid any undesirable situations or uncertainty.

If you have any questions and/or concerns about buying or selling under the new traffic light system, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Laurie Pallett