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Essential information for flatsharers and renters during the COVID-19 crisis

Essential information for flatsharers and renters during the COVID-19 crisis

This page was last updated at 10.30am on 2 November 2020.

Note: The information on this page only applies to England. If you live in another part of the UK, please follow local government guidance.

Can I move house?

In a nutshell: yes – even during the November lockdown period. The Housing Minister, Robert Jenrick, revealed on Saturday 31 October that 'the housing market will remain open throughout this period. Everyone should continue to play their part in reducing the spread of the virus by following the current guidance.'

Current government advice is that "people who wish to move home can do so" – but "the process of finding and moving into a new home will need to be different given those involved in the process will have to adapt practices and procedures to ensure that the risk of spread of coronavirus is reduced as far as possible."

All parties involved should be as flexible as possible over this period and be prepared to delay moves if someone becomes ill during the process, or has to self isolate. The government are also recommending that initial viewings take place virtually for now. If you have to have any face-to-face contact with anyone outside your household during the moving process, you must practise social distancing (where possible) and wash your hands regularly.

Video can be a great way of conducting virtual viewings or chatting to potential flatmates. You can also upload a video to your ad.


If you're not ready to move yet or are flatsharing during lockdown, read our tips:


We strongly advise you keep an eye on the gov.uk website for all of the latest advice and guidelines to follow right now.

If you or anyone in your household has COVID-19 symptoms (a high temperature and/or a new, continuous cough), none of you should leave the house for 14 days from the day their symptoms started.


Stay safe and take care. ✨


Although we endeavour to keep our coronavirus (COVID-19) content as accurate and as up to date as possible, the situation is rapidly changing, so please ensure you refer to gov.uk for the latest advice and information.