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27th March 2020 - COVID-19 virus update

In accordance with the announcement made by the Prime Minister, our office is now closed.  Conveyancers, solicitors, estate agents and removal companies are not listed as key workers and should therefore stay at home. 

We are currently working with our regulator, the Council for Licensed Conveyancers, our representative body, the Society of Licensed Conveyancers, the Law Society other key industry stakeholders and a Government representative to keep our industry and clients informed of the Government guidance in relation to conveyancing transactions.

Guidance was issued on 26th March 2020 from the Government in relation to transactions which have already exchanged Contracts with a fixed completion date to take place during the current 3 week lockdown. It is advised that where you are in a position to delay completion in a chain that you do so and refrain from moving house or coming into contact with any other parties whom you are not social isolating with.    Where it is still possible for your move and there are no restrictions in a chain in relation to obtaining removals or self isolation, then each case should be taken on merit.

Licensed Conveyancers, Solicitors, Estate Agents and removal companies are not included in the Government key worker list and intentionally their offices should be closed.  Some are in a position to work remotely at present, but not all which in turn affects a chain of transactions. Parties in a chain may also be affected by the virus and be subject to isolation for 7 – 14 days or more.

To protect our clients’ interests, in accordance with Government and regulatory guidance we are not in a position to proceed to exchange of Contracts and agree a completion date on any transactions at the present time and until further notice that lock down of the country has been lifted.

Where applicable we will contact you with any updates either on your transaction or information received from Government.      

Our staff will look to move your conveyancing transaction forward as best as is possible at this difficult time and I would ask for your cooperation and patience in accepting that everyone in the chain in your transaction is in the same position and matters may well be out of both our and your control.

Please at present email us on info@vhpl.co.uk  with any enquiries.  If you already email correspondence with your own conveyancer, please email them direct. If your call is urgent, please call the emergency contact number 07813334218.

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The move will mean that someone saving up a ten per cent deposit on the average first-time buyer property valued at £150,000 will now have to save £12,000 and the government will chip in £3,000 more.

The tax break will be capped at £3,000. The chancellor explained this is the equivalent of first-time buyers saving for their deposit from their pre-tax income. He added: 'We'll work with industry so it's ready for this autumn and we'll make sure you can start saving for it right now.'

A couple saving towards a home together could benefit from a bonus of up to £6,000 as both savers would be eligible for a £3,000 bonus. The move will cut the amount of time first-time buyers will need to save for by just under a year, if they are putting together a five per cent deposit, according to Lloyds.

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