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Buyers still not sold on HIPs

Conveyancers have called on the government to abolish Home Information Packs after a report by the Department for Communities and Local Government showed the packs are still not working.

The DCLG’s annual report reveals that only 40% of buyers see HIPs before purchasing properties, with half of these only looking at a pack after making an offer.

Christopher Taylor, chief executive officer of conveyancing specialist London & European, says: “The government has had little success in its efforts to convince consumers and the housing industry of the benefits of HIPs, simply because there aren’t any.”

Sharon Buthlay, director at conveyancing specialist CMS, adds: “Most sellers consider HIPs to be nothing more than a nuisance and an unnecessary expense.”

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