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Tue 11 May 2010

Will the EPC be abolished?

The future of the EPC is still unclear following the results of Thursday’s general elections since the results have resulted in a Hung Parliament with no clear majority.

 

The Tories and Lib Dems have had a few meetings since the elections to see whether they can form a coalition and at present it seems more likely that it will be a Tory/Lib Dem coalition rather than an alliance between Labour and Lib Dem.

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Sun 09 May 2010

Lib Dems and Conservatives to have HIPs abolished?

As the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats meet to thrash out some sort of political agreement, will scrapping the Home Information Pack (HIP) be top of the agenda?  Will Cameron and Clegg fail to do a deal because of disagreements over the future of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?  No, of course not! 

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Fri 07 May 2010

The Election Results and what they have in store for the public

While we wait for the final results of the general elections thoughts are probably racing through virtually everyone’s heads about what the eventual outcome will mean in our every day lives. It is clear that the conservatives have the most votes but not enough for a majority and therefore for an outright win. Labour have done better than the polls indicated they would suggesting that many switched from Lib Dem to Labour at the last minute. The Lib Dems lagged woefully behind the two main parties. A hung parliament is therefore a stark reality.

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Fri 07 May 2010

What happens to the HIP in a Hung Parliament?

With everything now pointing to a Hung Parliament, it's worth examining the possibilities for the future of the Home Information Pack.  After all, The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats both promised to abolish HIPs whereas the Labour Party wanted HIPs to stay.  We do know of course that Home Information Packs are not the top of the agenda!  But as the UK's Favourite Property Lawyers we do feel passionate about all things to do with buying and selling property!

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Thu 06 May 2010

Survival of the HIP Post Election

The result of the elections is set to cause turmoil and confusion regarding HIPs and whether they are to be retained. We have only just got used to HIPs packs after nearly 3 years and we are to be thrown into further chaos if the Tories win the election which, at present, seems likely. The Tories have vowed to abolish the HIPs pack very soon after assuming power.

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Sun 02 May 2010

Cameron promises to scrap HIPs in a few Days!

The Conservative Leader, David Cameron, said in an interview published on Sunday 2nd May that his Government would introduce legislation to abolish the HIP (Home Information Pack) within just a few days of taking office.  The Times article comes out at the same time as the News of The World predicts that the Tories will be close enough to the magic 328 MPs that they may only need the assistance of the Unionists in Northern Ireland to form a majority Government.

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Thu 29 Apr 2010

House Prices now rising at 10.5% per year

The Nationwide building society announced today somewhat unexpectedly that the property market in England and Wales is now as rampant as it was before the Crash!  They reported 10. 5% annual house price inflation which is as high as it was in June 2007.  Read more on the BBC web site.

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Fri 23 Apr 2010

New Consumer Code for Home Builders introduced on 1 April 2010

A new Consumer Code for Home Builders was introduced on 1 April 2010. It is aimed at providing a more streamlined, efficient service to its customers so the conveyancing process runs more smoothly and will apply to reservations from 1 April 2010.

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Fri 23 Apr 2010

Plans for Co-operative to become one of the first Alternative Business Structures

The Co-op is planning to be one of the first Alternative Business Structures (ABS) to hit the market, come October 2011 when ABS will be permitted.

They are planning a major advertising campaign to promote their legal services amongst their customers. In-store radio and animated television screens are to be used to support the campaign.  

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Fri 23 Apr 2010

The new Consumer Code for Builders introduced on 1 April 2010

A new Consumer Code for Home Builders was introduced on 1 April 2010. It is aimed at providing a more streamlined, efficient service to its customers so the conveyancing process runs more smoothly and will apply to reservations from 1 April 2010.

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