For the first time since the pandemic began, new government guidance for tenants moving home makes a distinction between tenants that are vaccinated or unvaccinated. The guidance encourages landlords to be flexible as the new rules can cause delays to the vacation and handover of properties.

The guidance states if:

  • A tenant is fully vaccinated
  • OR aged user 18 years 6months
  • and lives in the same household as someone with COVID-19

….they are not legally required to self-isolate. They are strongly advised to take a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test every day for 7 days, and to self-isolate if there is a positive result.

However, the guidance also states that if:

  • a tenant is aged 18 years 6 months or over
  • is not fully vaccinated
  • and lives in the same household as someone with COVID-19

….then they are legally required to stay at home and self-isolate even if this is during the time when are moving to a new property.

The guidance also states “Once you have exchanged contracts or signed a tenancy agreement, you have entered into a legal agreement to purchase or rent the property. We encourage all parties to be as flexible as possible and be prepared to delay moves if necessary; for example if someone involved in the transaction becomes ill with COVID-19 during the moving process, or has to self-isolate.”

“If you are about to enter into a legally binding contract, you should discuss the possible implications of COVID-19 with your legal professional and consider making contractual provisions or other necessary measures to manage these risks.”