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Cooper Dismisses Lords' Attack on Home-Seller Packs

Magazine article Public Finance

Cooper Dismisses Lords' Attack on Home-Seller Packs

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Housing minister Yvette Cooper has dismissed peers' criticism of her incoming Home Improvement Packs as representing vested interests and failing to understand the environmental benefits of property modernisation.

Cooper's Department for Communities and Local Government issued the rebuke following a House of Lords committee report, published on May 1. This criticised the introduction of Hips on June 1 as rushed, and argued that opposition to the packs within the housing industry was 'striking' and 'widespread.'

The Lords' statutory instruments committee, chaired by Labour peer Lord Filkin, warned that estate agents and housing lawyers were not given enough time to prepare for the introduction of Hips, which require house sellers in England and Wales to provide full details of title deeds, local searches and their property's energy efficiency. …

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