Sellers pack campaign group Splinta is accusing the office of the deputy prime minister of using misleading statistics it uses to justify the case for the home information pack.
Splinta joint organiser Nick Salmon says: “According to the department's own research the percentage of failed purchases due to an unfavourable survey in the period examined was just 13%, while unfavourable mortage valuation inspections accounted for a further 30%. A mortgage valuation inspection is not a survey. It is the way building societies assess property values in relation to the funds they are asked to provide. In fact, the true percentage of fall- hroughs in property sales due to bad surveys was only 3.64% – less than a tenth of the 40% claimed by the ODPM.”