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What documents are needed if you live in a leasehold flat?
What properties do not need a Home information Pack?
How long does a Pack last for?
While the property is on the market, there is no need to update the Home Information Pack (ultimately, the market decides whether the documents remain acceptable and up to date).
If the sale of your property stops and then starts again, you would normally be required to assemble a new Pack and to update those documents which are now out of date according to the requirements of the Home Information Pack Regulations. However, the seller can carry on using the same Pack without the need to update any of the documents in the following circumstances:
What happens to Energy Performance Certificates once they're complete?
All domestic Energy Performance Certificates are lodged in a central database. Energy Assessors (through their Accreditation Schemes) lodge them as they produce them, and each is given a unique reference number. Access to the database is restricted, so only those who have the unique reference number can access the certificate for a particular property.
How long does an EPC last for?
An EPC must be no older than three months old at the time it is included in a Pack. The EPC will be valid for as long as the property is on the market. If the property is removed from the market and returned to the market more than a year after the first point of marketing, a new EPC must be produced prior to return to market.
Do you have to have a Home Condition Report?
Home Condition Reports are no longer required elements of the Home Information Pack. However, vendors can request them if they so wish at an additional cost.
What is the purpose of the Property Information Questionnaire (PIQ)?
The PIQ is designed to give potential purchasers access to more information about a property prior to viewing, reducing the number of abortive transactions. It contains specific information about the property including parking, council tax band, any flood or fire damages, whether the property is listed, central heating systems and much more.