The Conservatives have been branded "disappointing" for their continued opposition to Home Information Packs (HIPs).
Mike Ockenden, director general of the Association of Home Information Pack Providers (AHIPP) even went as far as to accuse the Tories of being “anti-democratic”.
Shadow housing minister Michael Gove has been a fervent challenger of HIPs which, from June 1, will be compulsory for all home sellers in England and Wales.
The government believes HIPs, which will require sellers to have surveys and local authority searches done before putting properties up for sale, will speed up the selling process and give buyers added protection.
And Ockenden has blasted the packs’ biggest opponents.
“This self-confessed ‘last-ditch’ attempt to block the introduction of HIPs, spearheaded by Michael Gove, is political propaganda representing anti-democratic behaviour: the public voted for our current Government and when doing so, they voted for HIPs.
“It is very disappointing to see the Tory party follow a stance which is clearly not in the interest of the environment, the consumer nor the entrepreneur in the UK and I would seriously question their motives.”
Ockenden says the packs will help smooth out what is currently a “fraught” selling process in this country.
“The introduction of HIPs will greatly reduce the carbon emissions of the existing housing stock and will help to improve what is currently one of the most fraught and stressful house buying and selling processes in Europe for consumers,” he says.
“The opposition is clearly jumping on the coat tails of those industry bodies who have called for a delay – a delay that is not in the best interests of the consumer.
“In fact, this appears to be simply opposition for opposition’s sake, unless of-course it is driven by some other motive.
“There is no doubt, the HIP industry is ready. There will be enough qualified energy assessors and as of the 1st June consumers opting to place their property on the market will be able to experience a smoother, more efficient more informative and less stressful process.”
However the packs have long been controversial and many industry voices have repeatedly expressed substantial concerns about their implementation.
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