The Scottish Government has issued buying and selling guidance to agents and customers amid the Covid-19 lockdown.
The guidance stresses transactions may continue and it echoes guidance from the UK Government that all parties should seek to delay a house move wherever possible whilst the stay-at-home measures are in place.
The government added that if the parties are “unable to reach an agreement to delay”, people must follow advice on social distancing to minimise the risk of spreading the virus as a result of the move.
Estate agents must also take into account the latest guidance and can continue to advertise properties for sale but not allow viewings, conducting virtual viewings instead.
A statement read: “People who must move may proceed if it can be completed safely, with all parties maintaining social distancing requirements and if the property is empty or can be safely vacated.
“If a move date has not yet been agreed, then one should not be agreed if it falls within the period during which stay-at-home measures apply.”