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5500 sign petition in 5 days

Submitted by: MikeC (Admin) on 01-Feb-08 03:07:23 PM

On Monday (just gone) I blogged how anti-HIP campaigners, SPLINTA, and former NAEA President, Trevor Kent, had created a new petition on the Prime Minister's website calling for the permanent extension of First Day Marketing (FDM) of residential homes.

The story has been covered by the BEEB, several national papers and numerous websites in the residential sector.

On that same blog-post (HIPS: Abolish First Day Marketing), Trevor Kent himself popped-in to suggest DEAs also sign the petition.

Now, unless the abundance of C02 has caused me to hallucinate, I seem to remember rather a lot of conversation about how important DEAs felt the 'Drop Dead Date' was to the industry.

Yet, in the five days since the petition, nothing! Not a whisper (notwithstanding here, obviously).

So, despite all that "concerned" conversation, no one is bothered that already, over 5,550 people have signed the petition?!

In five days?

The last petition I remember took the entire HIP industry around two months to gather approx 3,000 signatures... and that was to kick the Govt into rolling-out HIPs to one and two bed homes!


IDEA, no doubt, too busy flogging HIPs and insurance to notice.

IHI... who knows?

AHIPP: Mike Ockenden is holding a meeting on Tuesday concerning the transition arrangements when, it is expected, a statement will be released.

Earlier, he said [paraphrasing], AHIPP would be more sympathetic of estate agent concerns if they demonstrated a willingness to play within the current spirit of the rules.

That is, provide the HIP at the earliest opportunity.

So what do you think? Is there room for compromise subject to estate agents playing their part (Subject to Contract! (Couldn't resist))?

Remembering where the bulk of HIP business originates from; is this an opportunity to build bridges and make friends through compromise?

Or, are you diametrically-opposed to the idea and demand the abolishment of FDM?

If so, what are you doing about it?

[Update: Minister admits Drop Dead Date under review]

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Posts: 3
Re: 5500 sign petition in 5 days
Reply #1 on : Sat February 02, 2008, 12:27:01
The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) insisted that the extension will end as scheduled on 1 June, and said Hips were already delivering "real benefit" to consumers and the environment.
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Re: 5500 sign petition in 5 days
Reply #2 on : Sat February 02, 2008, 12:56:53
Mark, you should know that the DCLG have said a great many things over the last year... ;)

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5500 sign petition in 5 days
Reply #3 on : Mon February 11, 2008, 04:15:27
Your comments above regarding IDEA are a bit cynical Mike. Politicians do what politicians do best...POLITICS. I am trying to help IDEA members make a living and put food on the table for their families. That is the reality, right here, right now. GET REAL.

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Reply #4 on : Wed March 26, 2008, 18:02:20
Jim did you and all the other DEAs stop to think about established Estate Agencies and Industry experts who have felt the brunt of this utterly ill conceived legislation? Please dont bleet about putting food on tables...DEAs trained to carry out this nonsense for their own ambition not the environment. they have been lured by promises of inflated earnings which didnt materialise. it was all about money for THEM at the expense of a buoyant and healthy industry that was warning of a disaster from day one. DEAs with no earnings...Jim my heart bleeds. oh yeah and well done for listening to this Government...come on you didnt think they created all this for our benefit did you? Now you and your DEAs are giving them a blueprint on every property in England. Well done. I suppose you will be the first to moan when you realise the real reason behind this. Keep your eye on your council tax bill Jim....

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