AHIPP fights abolition calls

Posted: 17 Aug 2006 12:38:40 GMT

            Property News - AHIPP fights abolition calls

The Association of Home Information Pack Providers (AHIPP) has defended itself against calls for Home Information Packs (Hips) to be abolished.

Yesterday (August 16th) the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) claimed that now the Home Condition Reports (HCRs) section was not compulsory Hips should be abolished.

However, the AHIPP has accused the NAEA of carrying out their own u-turn on Hips, something that the group has lambasted the government for in the past.

The group said "It is a fact that the NAEA represent less than half of all estate agents in this country and the association seems hell bent on protecting existing practices and the continued growth of the trade.

"How can they now call for repeal, before any official trials have even commenced and before consumers have had an opportunity to experience the packs?

"They want to maintain the status quo at the expense of the consumer."

The planned roll-out of Hips by the AHIPP in six regions throughout England is in the process of being carried out.

This gives consumers the option of taking up the packs, including the HCRs.

However the Hips scheme has incurred renewed parliamentary calls to be dropped after the Conservatives voiced their concerns over the plans.

Michael Gove, shadow housing minister, commented to the Press Association that Hips was a "complete shambles".

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