Home Information Packs: Fees and Charges

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Michael Gove Michael Gove Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of local authority charges for their searches in relation to the implementation of home information packs.

Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning)

The Office of Fair Trading's 2005 study into the market for property searches found that local authorities charge between £59 and £269 for their searches. It is difficult to see how such a large variation can be justified. We are therefore commissioning independent experts to produce fresh guidance on the setting of charges in this area.

The findings from the OFT market study were used by the department to inform the home information packs regulatory impact assessment published in June 2006. This is currently being revised.

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