Estate agents want HIPs scrapped

The government should suspend Home Information Packs to restore market confidence, the National Association of Estate Agents says.

From April 6 next year sellers will need to have complete packs available before marketing their properties. They will include a property information questionnaire including details of service charges, structural damage plus gas and electrical safety standards.

Chris Brown, president of the NAEA, says: “It’s a great pity the government has not taken this opportunity to suspend HIPs and restore confidence to the market.

“Clients have made it clear to us that they believe they should have the right to market their houses from day one.”

But Mike Ockenden, director-general of the Association of Home Information Pack Providers, says: “The government has drawn a line in the sand when it comes to HIPs.”