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New rules for un-vaccinated tenants living with those with Covid

The government is clamping down - at least a little - on unvaccinated tenants in some specific circumstances. 

New guidelines issued by the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities say that…

...if a tenant or buyer is aged 18 years and six months or more;


...is not fully vaccinated; and 

...if they live in the same household as someone who has tested positive for Covid 

…then they must legally stay at home and self-isolate.

This would even be during the period when they would have been scheduled to have moved home.

However the guidance goes on to say that if a buiyer or tenant is fully vaccinated, or aged less than 18 years and six months, they are not legally required to self-isolate even if they live in the same household as someone with Covid.

In this case the new guidance says: “You are strongly advised to take a Lateral Flow Device test every day for seven days, and to self-isolate if any of these test results is positive.”

This is the first time since the start of the pandemic that the official guidance on house moves makes a distinction between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated tenant or buyer.

The new guidance goes on to say: “We urge everyone involved in the home buying and selling process to continue to follow good hygiene practices, including regular hand-washing, sanitising, and cleaning. These measures will help prevent the spread of infection.

“We encourage all parties involved to be as flexible as possible and be prepared to delay moves, for example if one of those involved becomes ill with Covid-19 during the moving process or has to self-isolate.”

The new government statement also reiterates previous advice when it says: “Property agents, conveyancers and other professionals may choose to retain some modifications to how they work to reduce the risk from Covid-19. These changes could impact your move and may include initial virtual viewings before in-person viewings, asking you to vacate your current property during viewings, and ensuring your property is thoroughly cleaned before someone else views it or moves in. We would ask that you cooperate with these measures where they are in place.”

  • Tara Meeks

    I have been contemplating this new guidance since it was published. I have noted that no one has commented, is this because the world we now live in has made it so uncomfortable to say what we really think .... in fear of being ridiculed for talking common sense and stating the obvious. The fear of being labeled an 'Antivaxxer'.

    The fact is the vaccine does not stop you from spreading the virus nor contracting it. So how can we be discriminating against those who have chosen for one reason or another not to be vaccinated at this current time. Making their lives uncomfortable and shaming them in to submission.
    What happened to supporting our fellow human beings .......
    I am not an 'antivaxxer' but I am 'Pro-choice'
    We should not be coerced.

    Our letting agencies supports all obvious ways of stopping the spread of the virus; washing hands, virtual viewings when required, helping vulnerable and isolating tenants.

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    After doing some checks I contacted Boris Johnson at the start of the epidemic and poited out that the cure is worse than the disease. This is now the case, excess deaths are well up. I am a believr in

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    Unfortunately computer had a wobbly. I am a believer in Vaccines but this is not a vaccine as per the inverntor of the principle Edward Jenner. It just seems to me the government is wriggling to get off off the hook. Watch GBnews, both N Farage and Mark Steyn and donot forget sweden or the great barrington declaration. Unfortunately the American Jabs are suspected of causing myocarditis. American big pharma is exceedingly powerrful.


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