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Former NAEA president rallies industires against HIPs

Trevor Kent, former president of the National Association of Estate Agents, is calling for a meeting of all of those in the property sales industry to present any problems concerning the introduction of Home Information Packs to the government.

Kent says: “As of this moment there are just 94 working days before the government is set to foist upon an unwilling industry the most ill-conceived, ill-researched and ill-tested change to property sales law and practice that England and Wales has ever experienced.

“We, as estate agents representing our clients, will as of June 1 face fines of £200 if a property is placed on the market without a totally unnecessary HIP.

“Sellers will have to pay between £400 and £1000 for HIPs, and will be immediate law-breakers if they advertise their homes without one. The government have singularly failed to convince the industry, even those supporting HIPs, that targets have been reached. To continue this folly will lead to property market melt-down of un-dreamt of proportions.

“I call upon the council to authorise the NAEA to immediately instigate and host a crisis meeting of all the associations, organisations, representative bodies and influential individuals in the wider property sale, conveyancing, surveying and financing industries.

“And that the meeting shall, if felt appropriate, draw to the government’s attention by way of delegation to No 10 Downing Street, the disaster about to fall upon the housing market and the wider economy should HIPs be introduced as currently scheduled.”

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