7 Mar

Agents 'not to blame for Hips problems'

Agents 'not to blame for Hips problems'

The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) has responded to research from the Department for Communities and Local Government that suggested estate agents were to blame for problems in the home information packs (Hips) roll-out.

Present of the NAEA Stewart Lily argued that the survey is based on trials that were carried out a year ago and not on statistics released since Hips were implemented.

He added that it is "negative" of the government to try and point the finger at estate agents themselves when it was warned about the dangers of starting the service.

Mr Lily also claimed that there should have more of an emphasis upon those buying property as part of the report.

"The research itself, whilst focusing in sellers is very quiet on the subject of what buyers thought - perhaps deliberately? After all, the legislation was actually brought out for the benefit of the buyer in order to give them up-front information about the property they are looking to buy," he commented.

Hips were introduced by the government for sellers of all homes on December 14th last year.ADNFCR-1222-ID-18500250-ADNFCR

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