Estate agent declares war

MARYBOROUGH realtor Alan Wetton, who is also the chairman of the region’s Real Estate Institute branch, is fighting the government over its new sustainable housing laws.

“I wrote to the Infrastructure and Planning Minister, Stirling Hinchliffe, asking him to please explain this ridiculous legislation that requires home sellers to fill in documentation about the greenness of their property or be fined,” Mr Wetton (pictured) said yesterday.

“The reply did nothing to ease the concerns of the real estate industry so I wrote back saying his assistant had stated that agents are required to provide a signed copy of the Sustainability Declaration to the eventual buyer. I don’t recall seeing that stated in the legislation. ‘Is this an additional requirement?’ I asked.

“The only requirements we thought were to make it visible, available and provide it when asked for by a potential buyer, depending on the situation.”

Mr Wetton said he was still waiting for a reply to that question but meanwhile he had also warned the minister that real estate agents and clients had told him they would not be voting for the Bligh government next time around.

"So he is telling you to stick it up your jumper basically. The interesting part of that correspondence is that he says that a signed copy of the declaration must be provided to the eventual purchaser. I certainly don’t recall seeing that in the legislation. The only requirements were to make it visible, available and provide it when asked for buy a potential buyer, depending on the situation," Mr Hinchcliffe says.

Mr Hinchliffe says on the spot fines for people not filling in and signing the sustainability declaration will start from March 1.



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