Ahipp reports membership surge

Posted: 25 Apr 2007 11:24:29 GMT


            Property News - Ahipp reports membership surge

Membership of the Association of Home Information Pack Providers (Ahipp) has increased by 30 per cent as the June 1st introduction of the mandatory Hips scheme approaches.

Membership of the Association of Home Information Pack Providers (Ahipp) has increased by 30 per cent as the June 1st introduction of the mandatory Hips scheme approaches.

Ahipp director general Mike Ockenden told Firstrung this trend demonstrated that an increasing segment of the housing industry was keen to get involved with the scheme and keep abreast of how they needed to operate.

He said: "[Many companies] are now looking to join the association to gain access to a widening pool of information and contacts, in addition to up-to-date information on any industry developments or requirements."


Jeff Smith, chief executive officer of new Ahipp member Hip facilities group, added that it was a "great time" for organisations to be joining the association.

While Ahipp is pleased with their growing membership, critics of the Hips scheme have claimed there are still problems with it, including an insufficient number of inspectors.

The Conservatives have launched a bid to delay the introduction of the project amid claims that the cost of each pack will be between £600 and £1,000, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Shadow housing minister Michael Gove told the paper: "If we can stop them [Hips] we will."


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