MP's warning over property packs

A Norfolk MP has spoken in parliament of his opposition to new property rules that come into force next month .From June 1, anyone selling a house in England and Wales will be required to supply a Home Information Pack (HIP) to potential buyers.

A Norfolk MP has spoken in parliament of his opposition to new property rules that come into force next month .

From June 1, anyone selling a house in England and Wales will be required to supply a Home Information Pack (HIP) to potential buyers.

But Christopher Fraser, MP for South West Norfolk, has expressed his concerns about the cost of the new scheme and its security implications.

He has called on Jack Straw, Leader of the House of Commons, to reconsider the timetable and details of the regulations before they “blight” the housing market.

HIPs aim to provide more transparency during the house selling process by including details such as copies of deeds, any recent planning permission or building consent, a local area search, and an energy performance certificate.

But Mr Fraser said that the property market could be thrown into “chaos” from June 1 because there was not enough trained energy assessors in place.

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“I do not support the principle of Home Information Packs, as they are likely to make moving home even more stressful than it already is. Rather than protecting consumers, HIPs are set to undermine the stability and health of the housing market. I shall be raising my concerns again during a Commons debate.”

“People are understandably very worried about reports that the Domestic Energy Assessors who have to provide the energy performance certificates will not be fully checked by the Criminal Records Bureau. Whilst most assessors will, I am sure, be entirely trustworthy, it could be an opportunity for unscrupulous people to gain entry to property for less than honest reasons,” he said.

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