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Expanding HIPs must be ready when a house is put on the market

Home Information Packs (HIPs) are to be expanded to include a property questionnaire and will have to be available soon as a house is put on the market.

From 6th April sellers will have to provide a Property Information Questionnaire (PIQ) when presenting the HIP to potential buyers. The questionnaire will cover a wide range of issues such as the property’s service charges, flood risk information, structural damage, gas and electricity safety, and parking arrangements. It will be in addition to the other required documents such as the Energy Performance Certificate rating the property’s energy efficiency, evidence of title, the results of standard searches and the terms of sale.

The other big change taking place on 6th April is that HIPs will have to be made available to buyers as soon as the property is put on the market. This will end the temporary concession whereby sellers could request and pay for a HIP and then start marketing their property for up to 28 days before the HIP became available.

Property Information Questionnaires will also be required for leasehold properties. The other change is that the temporary leasehold information provision was made permanent on 1st January. It means that a copy of the lease remains the only extra information needed for leasehold properties.

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