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Home Information Packs

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance has been produced for local authorities on the enforcement of the home information pack regulations. (152384)

The Department has produced procedural guidance for the home information pack regulations, including guidance on the enforcement provisions within the regulations. The Department has also produced guidance for enforcement authorities, following consultations with Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services (LACORS) and the Trading Standards Institute (TSI).

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the maximum time is that a local authority and water search in a home information pack can remain in place before it must be renewed. (156562)

The HIPs (No. 2) Regulations 2007 do not specify how long a search report should remain in place before it must be renewed but require that a search must not be older than three months at the first point of marketing.