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Audley Group calls for clarity on what ‘critical home move’ means

Audley Group managing director Kevin Shaw has called on the government to provide greater detail on what counts as a ‘critical home move’.

Shaw added that this should include people moving into retirement communities.

In the government’s guidance to homemovers and other property professionals released yesterday, it said that the police’s emergency enforcement powers are exempt for ‘critical home moves, in the event that a new [moving] date is unable to be agreed’.

Shaw said: “What we urgently need from the government is greater detail on what counts as a “critical home move”.

“In our view this absolutely has to include those moving into retirement communities. Now, more than ever, these are crucial to our communities.”

He added: “The housing market has been left reeling from the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The recent announcement from the housing secretary has attempted to provide some clarity for those in the midst of moving, without imposing a complete stop on the market.

“Above all people’s health and wellbeing must be a priority and the news that homebuyers moving into empty properties can press ahead is welcome. People making “critical home moves” are also exempt from restrictions.”