21 May 2010 by Nicki Iliffe

HIP Replacement

As from today Home Information Packs (HIPs) have been suspended and are therefore not required for any homes put on the market from now onwards. You do, however, still have to have commissioned (but not necessarily have received) an energy performance certificate before marketing your property.

HIPs were first introduced in August 2007 for properties with four or more bedrooms in England and Wales and later extended to the rest of the market. They aimed to reduce the amount of time it takes to buy and sell a home by providing buyers with more of the information they need up front, such as local authority searches.

Before today homeowners were required to produce a HIP before they began marketing their home to potential buyers. Campaigners criticised the policy as they believed it failed to help home buyers and discouraged people from putting their property on the market.

This move to scrap HIPs will not be popular with the hundreds of people who retrained as home inspectors to provide them and who are likely to be made redundant. The Association of Home Information Pack Providers estimates that there are between 3,000 and 10,000 people whose livelihoods are either directly or indirectly dependent on HIPs.

The HIP website, provided by the Government, states:-

‘It is not good enough to carry on with a policy that is both unnecessary and costly, purely on the basis of providing job security. HIPs are not providing value for money for sellers or for buyers, so we should not continue burden to the market with this extra layer of bureaucracy.’

If you need help with obtaining an energy performance certificate we work closely with an independent energy assessor who can visit your home to carry out the inspection.

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