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A set of inquiries presented by an intending purchaser of land or property to the intending vendor at an early stage in the transaction. Sometimes known as precontract inquiries, they relate to the state and condition of the property rather than to the title. Printed standard forms of inquiries are available. A vendor who gives false or misleading replies can be liable for misrepresentation, but a vendor's replies may be (and often are) noncommittal and evasive. Nowadays, vendors are often required to complete a Seller's Property Information Form as an alternative (see feature Steps in Conveyancing). Home information packs are compulsory since 2007.

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