Important Information

  • For Sale
  • To Let

All staff are now working from home until there is a relaxation of the latest Government announcement.

Please do not attend the office - instead contact us as follows;

By telephone: 01482 446644 Option 1 for Sales and Option 2 for Lettings

By email: Sales; Sales@oscarshull.co.uk OR Lettings; info@oscarshull.co.uk

We envisage our telephone lines will be busy so please be patient if your call is not answered straight away.

Further information is available on the links below and will be updated in line with the guidance we receive in due course

Please Stay at Home and keep well.

Further Information

Landlords

24/03/20 @ 14.00 - The latest Government guidance requests a pragmatic and understanding approach to tenant circumstances and states that no eviction procedures can take place at this time. If a tenant or tenants have lost their job and provided evidence of this, we recommend working with the tenants in terms of deferring part/all of the payment for a short period of time depending on circumstances. The rent liabilities continue and all rent remains due. We are dealing with these issues on a case-by-case basis and if your tenant is facing difficulties, we will contact you directly to provide appropriate advice. We will be dealing with repairs on an emergency/risk to life basis only and we will contact you to discuss any issues. We are currently awaiting confirmation as to how we deal with Gas Safety Certificates, Energy Performance Certificates and Electrical Safety Certificates during this challenging period – further updates will be made available on this page as soon as we have them.

Tenants

27/03/20 @ 12.30 - Further advice to our clients

What does this mean for my property move which is scheduled whilst the stay-at-home measures to fight coronavirus (COIVD-19) apply?

Tenants should, where possible, delay moving to a new house while measures are in place to fight coronavirus (COVID-19).

Our advice is that if you have already signed your tenancy agreement and the property is currently occupied then all parties should work together to agree a delay or another way to resolve this matter.

If moving is unavoidable for contractual reasons and the parties are unable to reach an agreement to delay, people must follow advice on staying away from others to minimise the spread of the virus.

In line with Government’s advice, anyone with symptoms, self-isolating or shielding from the virus, should follow medical advice which will mean not moving house for the time being, if at all possible. All parties should prioritise agreeing amicable arrangements to change move dates for individuals in this group, or where someone in a chain is in this group.

24/03/20 @ 14.00 - Rent payments as outlined in your tenancy agreement continue to remain payable in full. Where a tenant(s) is struggling to pay the rent due to loss of income/unpaid leave we will require evidence to confirm this is the case and aim to work with you and your landlord on an appropriate payment plan to clear any rent arrears based on your specific circumstances. We recommend that you contact the local authority in the first instance to register for a Discretionary Housing Benefit Payment and/or Universal Credit. If you have a repair or an issue at the property this will be dealt with on an emergency only basis and please be mindful that contractors may not be able to obtain materials and/or parts to deal with any issues. We will endeavour to work with you and support you as best we can.

Buyers/Sellers

27/03/20 @ 12.30 - Further advice to our clients

What does this mean for my property move which is scheduled whilst the stay-at-home measures to fight coronavirus (COIVD-19) apply?

Home buyers should, where possible, delay moving to a new house while measures are in place to fight coronavirus (COVID-19).

Our advice is that if you have already exchanged contracts and the property is currently occupied then all parties should work together to agree a delay or another way to resolve this matter.

If moving is unavoidable for contractual reasons and the parties are unable to reach an agreement to delay, people must follow advice on staying away from others to minimise the spread of the virus.

In line with Government’s advice, anyone with symptoms, self-isolating or shielding from the virus, should follow medical advice which will mean not moving house for the time being, if at all possible. All parties should prioritise agreeing amicable arrangements to change move dates for individuals in this group, or where someone in a chain is in this group.

What if an extension goes beyond the terms of a mortgage agreement?

UK Finance have today confirmed that, to support customers who have already exchanged contracts for house purchases and set dates for completion, all mortgage lenders are working to find ways to enable customers who have exchanged contracts to extend their mortgage offer for up to three months to enable them to move at a later date.

If a customer’s circumstances change during this three month period or the terms of the house purchase change significantly and continuing with the mortgage would cause house buyers to face financial hardship, lenders will work with customers to help them manage their finances as a matter of urgency.

If your home is not yet on the market

Getting your home onto the market may be more challenging than usual in this period. There should be no visitors to your home. You can speak to our valuation and sales team over the phone and we will be able to give you general advice about the local property market and handle certain matters remotely but we will not be able to start actively marketing your home in the usual manner.

If you are thinking about selling, you can use this time to start gathering together all of the information you will need to provide to potential purchasers.

Advice for people to stay at home and away from others means you should not invite unnecessary visitors into your home, including: Property Agents to carry out a market appraisal or take internal photographs prior to marketing your home; and Energy Performance Certificate assessors.

Viewings

If your property is already on the market, we will continue to advertise it as being for sale but you should not allow people in to view your property.

There should not be any visitors into your home, and you should therefore not let people visit your property for viewings. We may be able to conduct virtual viewings and you can speak to our team about this possibility.

Accepting offers

The buying and selling process can continue during this period but you should be aware that the process is likely to take longer than normal.

You are free to continue to accept offers on your property, however the selling process may take longer.

Advice for people to stay at home and away from others means you should not invite visitors into your home, including prospective buyers or advisors.

Exchanging contracts

Once you have exchanged contracts, you have entered into a legal agreement to purchase that home.

If the property you are purchasing is unoccupied you can continue with the transaction.

If the property you are purchasing is currently occupied, we recommend that all parties should work to either delay the exchange of contracts until after the period where stay-at-home measures to fight coronavirus (COVID-19) are in place, or include explicit contractual provisions to take account of the risks presented by the virus.

24/03/20 @ 14.00 - We are continuing to receive further guidance in terms of the house sale process. In the first instance all viewings have been postponed in line with Government guidance but we continue to deal with property enquiries both online and over the telephone. Where possible and if solicitors are contactable we will continue to obtain updates on any sales currently progressing but indeed some may need to be postponed. The British Association of Removers (BAR) has issued communications this morning instructing members that moves should only be completed if they are already underway, any move that has not yet started, should not go ahead. We will aim to deal with each existing sale on a case-by-case basis and advise in accordance with the ongoing guidance we are receiving. We will make any updates available on this page as soon as we have further details.

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