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  • During confinement, moves are allowed, but only for strict needs, according to the Ministry of the Interior.
  • 95% of moving companies have stopped their activities, according to the moving union chamber, in order to protect workers.
  • The winter break, postponed to May 31 due to the coronavirus epidemic, prevents evictions.

"Stay at home". If he sometimes had trouble getting into people's minds, the watchword to face the Covid-19 is starting to bear fruit. Teleworking, closing schools or businesses ... Government measures are pushing citizens to hold their home office so as not to let the coronavirus spread.

But some had planned to change their homes before confinement was introduced. What to do then?

Can we still move during confinement?

To this question, the Ministry of the Interior replied in the affirmative: "Removals are authorized but must be limited to strict needs, such as for example the end of a lease. However, the term "strict needs" remains elusive. Séverine Amate, spokesperson for SeLoger, gives some details: “The government refers to the limits of the lease. If a departure date is already fixed with the owner, if a new tenant arrives or if a new owner has to take possession of the premises, then this is a case of force majeure. "

What about buying or selling a property?

According to a Parisian real estate agent contacted by 20 Minutes , there are different possible cases. The first: a sales agreement was signed: "If the notary has the structure to accommodate all parties in adequate conditions - one meter between each person, individual pens, etc. - and that the persons concerned agree to move to sign, then the sale can be confirmed and the move can be made. "

In the event that the authentic contract has already been signed, "nothing stands in the way of the move yet".

Can we use a moving company?

Theoretically, yes. In reality, it will be more difficult. Thierry Gros, president of the Chambre Syndicale du Moving (CSD), explains: “Today, 95% of moving companies have stopped their activity. "He highlights the risks of contamination:" We enter the privacy of people, in their contact and we touch their business. Imagine that an employee is a carrier and infects a client who becomes seriously ill, or worse. Or vice versa… We cannot take this risk. "

The practical question, too, prevents the work of these professionals: "How can two guys carry a washing machine while staying within a meter of each other?" How could they handle heavy objects with latex gloves? How to wear furniture and chain the stairs with a mask? They would suffocate! The president of the CSD specifies, however, that 5% of emergency relocation requests are insured for very specific situations.

What instructions to apply for removals?

The same as for any other citizen who wishes to go out. Namely, have a personal travel certificate in good and due form. It is not allowed to regroup with more than five people and barrier actions are required.

What to do if you find yourself between two rental leases, but it is impossible to move?

"There is currently no specific framework in this case," explains Séverine Amate. For the real estate expert, common sense and everyone's responsibility are essential: "The key word for the moment is" reporter ". In order to avoid any risk facing the coronavirus, the best is to find an amicable agreement between the owners and the tenants. It is possible to postpone the end of a lease or the start of a new one. However, she concedes that double negotiation can be complex for a tenant.

In extreme cases, you should know that the end of the winter break has been postponed to May 31 by the government - rental evictions are therefore prohibited - to deal with the crisis.


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