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Do I need to complete a Property Information Questionnaire?

  1. Alain B from London
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Question

What is a Property Information Questionnaire and do we need to complete one to sell our flat? Will our estate agent fill it in for us and who needs to see it?

Answer

When selling a property, there are two questionnaires that you will always be asked to fill in and these are a Fixtures and Fittings List, which says what items you will take from and leave at the property following completion and a Property Information Form ("PIF"). 
 
The PIF asks general questions about the property such as whether you have altered the property in any way, whether you have any guarantees for works done to the property such as double glazing or electrical wiring, and whether you have had any disputes with anyone about the property such as neighbours. When selling a leasehold property, there is a third questionnaire which is the Leasehold Information Form ("LIF"). 
 
The LIF is similar to the PIF but is more concerned about the leasehold aspects, e.g. it asks how deals with the insurance of the property, who is the landlord and how much you have had to pay for maintenance charges etc. 
 
All three of these forms would be completed by the seller rather than their Estate Agent as they are designed to be questions that an occupying owner would know the answer to. Once completed, these forms would be sent by you to your solicitor and they would send it on to the Buyers' solicitors so ultimately the Buyer would be provided with a copy.

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Here is a link to information you need to supply to your purchaser

Richard Broadhead

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  • keith

    posted on 18 May 2018

    Wikipedia says "with the suspension of HIPs from May 21 2010, PIQs are now redundant and not required when selling a house", So, who is correct? I have been sent a PIQ for a proposed leasehold sale. Do I have to complete it fully legally or is it just a practical recommendation. As a rider, if i inadvertently make an error in it, can this have repercussions which would not have existed had I declined to complete the form?

    Reallymoving response

    Hi Keith,

    As I'm unsure as to whether you're in Scotland or elsewhere in the UK, it's hard to be specific, but in Scotland PIQs are required as part of a Home Report. In the rest of the UK, they are still required as part of the conveyancing process and making errors can have repercussions - you are required as a seller to reveal any issues that may affect your buyer in their decision. If you make an error and wish to amend it, your solicitor will be able to direct you, but purposefully failing to reveal issues with the property could get you in trouble. 

    Best of luck with your move,
    reallymoving

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