The Conveyancing Association has revised its wish-list of reforms to, in its words, “ensure fewer delays, a less costly process, and to create greater satisfaction for consumers” in the house-moving process.
Last month Estate Agent Today reported that the CA had prepared a 40-page 12-point plan wanting to modernise house moving; this has now been refined further following the association’s conference to discuss the proposals.
The CA’s most controversial proposal – and one which remains in the revised wish-list – is the call for the provision of “more pertinent and relevant upfront information, potentially in the form of a pre-contract pack.”
Many industry observers have taken this to mean an updated version of the ill-fated Home Information Pack concept introduced in the early days of the first Blair government by then-housing minister Yvette Cooper.
In addition the CA now wants “greater levels of certainty for both seller and buyer in terms of exchange and completing the sale through the exploration of certain solutions such as insurance/reservation agreements/other products” as well as a general expression of interest in using technology to a greater degree to speed the conveyancing process and protect vendors against fraud.
Other calls made at the conference include “a mandatory redress scheme for all lease administrators, plus voluntary codes of practice in the leasehold sector outlining best practice particularly in terms of reasonable levels of fee-charging and response times.”
The Conveyancing Association – which represents around 50 of the top 100 UK solicitors and licensed conveyancers, collectively responsible for around 20 per cent of all property transactions – says it will further refine this wish-list during the next year.