The fiasco of HIPs reaches new levels of absurdity, as reported by Human Law Mediation. Those clowns at the Department for Communities and Local Government certainly know how to make an even bigger disaster out of a disaster. Do any of these fuckwits actually know anything about buying and selling property?
It gives me
great no pleasure to hear that the number of complaints against estate agents reached a record level last year. The only thing that surprises me is that, according to this BBC report, the ‘main grudges’ were bad manners and aggressive sales tactics. Why is it that the extortionate amount of their fees (over seven times what a solicitor charges for dealing with the sale conveyancing) doesn’t cause the biggest number of complaints?
Well, it just shows the power wielded by Terminological Inexactitudes. Only two days after I posted about it, the government announces that the introduction of HIPs is to be delayed. Now all they have to do is scrap them completely…
With it’s usual contempt for dissenting voices, the government is intent upon implementing HIPs on 1st June.
Hands up any conveyancers who think they will be a good thing?
I thought not.
Nice to see that our judiciary is on the ball as usual. The Telegraph today reports an “internet terrorism” trial in which the judge admitted that he had no idea what a website was.
Reminds me of this Not the Nine O’Clock News sketch. I wonder if Mr Justice Openshaw knows what a ‘deluxe model inflatable woman’ is?