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Kent to call on NAEA to fight HIPs

Former president of The National Association of Estate Agents Trevor Kent is to call on the general council of the NAEA to organise a united voice against Home Information Packs.

On Tuesday January 16, Kent will meet with the NAEA in Stratford Upon Avon, and call upon it to convene a high level meeting of all associations, organisations and bodies representative of the property sales industry to present a unified voice to the government against its HIP initiative.

Kent believes that HIPs will threaten the housing market and the wider economy.

At the meeting Kent will say: “As of this moment there are just 94 working days before the government is set to foist upon an unwilling industry (not to mention general public) 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 and members of the public selling privately will as of June 1 face fines of £200 (possibly a day) if a property is placed on the market without a totally unnecessary HIP.

“Sellers will have to pay between £400 and £1,000 for these packs, and will be immediate law-breakers if they advertise their homes without one.

“The government has singularly failed to convince the industry, even those supporting HIPs, that any of the milestones the government itself sets in place for satisfactory roll-out of HIPs, have been reached.

“To continue this folly will lead to property market melt-down of un-dreamt of proportions.

“I call upon the council today 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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