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Stricter rules on Home Information Packs come into force

Home Information Packs (HIPs) now have to be available as soon as the seller puts a property on the market.

New regulations mean that sellers must also include a Property Information Questionnaire (PIQ) covering areas such as the property’s service charges, flood risk information, structural damage, gas and electricity safety and parking arrangements.

The PIQ is 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.

Until now, sellers were allowed to request and pay for a HIP and then start marketing their property for up to 28 days before the HIP became available. The new regulations, effective from 6th April, mean that HIPs now have to be available from the outset and they must contain a PIQ.

The PIQ is also required for leasehold properties.

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