Proposed home information packs will leave homeowners vulnerable to "burglars, snoopers and stalkers" if sellers are required to detail security systems, suggests the Law Society.
In particular, the Law Society points out packs ask for details of security systems, defective windows as well as detailed information about the layout and construction of the property.
Although HIPs have yet to be approved as part of the Housing Bill, the Law Society warn the requirement on home sellers to provide "very detailed information" on properties and security systems leaves homeowners vulnerable to burglary, intruders and invasion of privacy because any member of the public can insist on getting a particular property’s HIP, whether or not they intend to buy it.
This would leave "celebrities" unable to put in place any protection against potential intruders onto their property says the Law Society but also leaves the average consumer vulnerable.
"Currently people viewing properties make an offer and their identities are verified by solicitors so sellers can be reasonably confident they are dealing with genuine buyers. Sensitive information about the property is only available to a genuine buyer through solicitors,"says Janet Paraskeva, chief executive of the Law Society.
"nyone could walk into an estate agents and discover information about burglar alarms, defective doors, bad windows and the construction of properties. This could be extremely dangerous and could put people at risk," she continues.
Rather than make HIPs a requirements of the sales process, the Law Society has asked the government to make them voluntary, both on security and on the grounds of production costs.IFAonline
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