Monday, 8 September 2008

Deeply incompetent government fiddling about causing chaos

My pa is a solicitor, mainly conveyancing, and he should've retired at least 10 years ago but his pension got stuffed and he likes his job. I admire him hugely not least because he has had three successful careers, one in New Zealand, where he had reached the top by 33, one in the City, from which he retired 21 years ago, taking a nice lump sum with him, and subsequently, when my mother divorced him, and he lost everything on the stock market simultaneously, he started up again with a failing firm that he got for nothing and avoided bankrupcy. Now, in spite of the housing market's current state he is still managing to pay his staff and has enough to see him through in relative comfort unless the £ does a Zim.

He told me that he wrote to Yvette Cooper, not for the first time, about HIPS. He always has charged more for conveyancing flats than houses because questions need to be raised of the landlord/freeholder, and this has usually been about an extra £100. But recently a landlord charged £450 to answer a few questions associated with the requirements of HIPS. His point for Ms Cooper was that Landlords charges due to HIPs requirements were making flat sales/purchases even more prohibitive and expensive as the Landlord's costs have to be born by the seller.

Eventually one of Ms Cooper's flunkies replied stating that there were no proposals to limit the amout Landlords could charge for giving replies as the Leasholder could have access to a Tribunal to dispute these costs.

How smart is that? Wait six months for a Tribunal to decide that your Landlord's charges are reasonable? Pay legal costs for same? Oh yes, they are smart these people.

Dad has forward the correspondence to the Law Society for their edification.

9 comments:

Daisy said...

that makes no sense whatsoever...why would anyone go through the steps...well that is probably why they set it like that...legally they have to provide the avenue but logistically it is a nightmare no one would follow through...

Philipa said...

Good post, Lil. This should be on the front page of a broadsheet, the fuckwits!

your dad sounds great.

Lilith said...

This government are determined to fuck up the housing market as much as possible Daisy. Dad still has work because people keep dying and divorcing and generally having to sell their houses and he has a reputation for being honest.

Pip, this is just the tip of it. When this lot started in government solicitors used to get the office junior to do the Land Registry stuff. Now it involves 3 sets of forms, each longer and more complicated than the last and a solicitor has to do it. So much for "cutting red tape". Endless fuckups. Endless.

electro-kevin said...

Good on your Dad.

Sounds like a lovely man.

hatfield girl said...

Our solicitors wrote to protest the fees charged by the head lease holders to hand over perfectly accessible information. It began before HIPS, but well into New Labour.

idle said...

It occurred to me that Mrs Balls' hips were likely to be very unpleasant close up, and this confirms it.

I'm more convinced with every passing day that we can cut the state by 33% without getting rid of anything worthwhile.

Scroblene said...

Your Dad sounds great Lils - why good people like him have to put up with the mental lightweights we have in government is just another quandary to recall when McBruin's party is eventually stuffed for good.

HIPS are a total waste of time - the jobsworths who carry them out are just another sponge layer on the unsuspecting public.

Lets hope that they all have bugger all to work on while this property pinch continues. Perhaps they'll get another job like your Dad had to...

Lilith said...

Thanks E-K, Scrobs, my Dad is a honey. In some ways I would love it if he retired, but I think it keeps him going.


No doubt it did HG. Perhaps it has just got much worse now that Landlords have even more questions asked of them...

Quite so Idle. I share a room with an Occupational Health Therapist. One day I met her (we work on different days). She banged on the door when I was with a patient, so I asked her to wait until I had finished (5mins). Then she waddled in (she was the size of a house) and slowly, very slowly shuffled over to a filing cabinet, extracted a file, and waddled slowly out again with a "what's your problem?" look on her face. She has filled my office with files and glossy leaflets on how people can get the state to pay for stuff. I think you could cut the staff of the NHS by a third and we wouldn't lose any medical expertise at all.

mutleythedog said...

This government is uniformly crap from top to toe...