The Law Society has added its voice to the opposition home information packs, which become mandatory on 1 June. Sunday Telegraph.

The society predicts that sellers are likely to prefer to pay the £200 fixed-penalty fine for failing to provide the pack than go through the trouble and expense of producing one for prospective buyers.

From this June, homeowners in England and Wales will be legally obliged to supply buyers with the pack, including an energy efficiency certificate. The packs could cost £400 to £650, but a shortage of inspectors has prompted fears that pack suppliers might charge £1,000. Only 1,000 people have trained as house inspectors, against a government target of 7,400.

Those who attempt to sell their homes without a pack could be fined, but it will not be a criminal offence.