Consumers&#39 Association welcomes HIPs

The Consumers&#39 Association says it welcomes the government&#39s continued commitment to Home Information Packs, but urges it to avoid any delay in their full introduction.

It says that the move will allow greater transparency for buyers in the property market and will require sellers to provide prospective buyers with relevant information.

This will include the structural condition of the property, details of the title and deeds, as well as local authority planning records, such as planning consent.

The CA also adds that Home Information Packs will shift the onus of finding the information about a property from the buyer to the seller.

Emma Harrison, senior public affairs officer at the CA, says: “The CA is delighted that the government has again gone on record as being committed to Home Information Packs.

“Once these packs are introduced consumers will be able to make more informed decisions when deciding whether to make an offer on a property.

“The packs should also take some of the heartache out of buying by helping prevent failed transactions, often caused by poor survey results and legal issues.”