Sustainability forms waste of time

BUNDABERG real estate agents have slammed the state government’s sustainability declaration forms as a “waste of time”.

John Fidden Real Estate co-owner Diane Fidden said the form, which became compulsory earlier this year, had no legal bearing on the contract of the sale on a home.

“I don’t know what the object of the form is,” she said.

“People see it and disregard it.”

Mrs Fidden said it may become a bargaining tool, but she had not seen a contract fall through because the house did not have, for example, solar hot water.

Mrs Fidden said the form had also changed about three times since it was introduced at the end of last year, adding to sellers’ frustrations.

“I think that unless they make it part of the contract it will fizzle out,” she said.

A spokesperson for infrastructure and planning minster Stirling Hinchliffe said the form was revised following feedback from property sellers and real estate agents.

“Housing Industry Association (HIA) and REIQ said the sustainability declaration had been improved and was more user-friendly,” she said.

The spokesperson said no questions were compulsory.

“Some of the questions are as simple as whether a house has ceiling fans, energy efficient lights, a solar hot water system or gas cooking facilities,” she said.

Real Estate Institute of Queensland Bundaberg spokesperson Michael Dempsey said he had seen a lot of forms left blank.

“I think it’s a waste of time if they have a form which they don’t need to provide any information on,” he said.

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