HIPs to be rolled out this year

Posted: 04 Aug 2006 10:31:49 GMT

            Property News - HIPs to be rolled out this year

Home Information Packs (HIPs) will be rolled out this year in certain areas as part of a voluntary introduction to the market.

Included in the packs will be the controversial Home Condition Report (HCRs) element as long as the government push forward with qualifying any home condition inspectors.

The Association of Home Information Pack Providers (AHIPP) has shown great zeal in continuing on with a program that has been widely criticised and dropped all together by many businesses who make their money from the housing market.

Mike Ockenden, director general of AHIPP, stated: "We have identified with our members a number of locations across the country where we plan to implement voluntary HIPs later this year.

"The pressure is now on the government to confirm their support and to push through the licensing of qualified home inspectors to enable a fair testing of the voluntary take up of HCRs. HIPs, and in particular the HCR are both great news for the consumer and we are convinced that the roll out will reinforce this and generate consumer demand.

"Despite the premature and inaccurate claims made by the Conservative party and other critics of the scheme over the last few weeks, HIPs have not gone away. On the contrary, we aim to prove that there will be a strong demand for the HIP and the HCR from both buyers and sellers - the HIP is here to stay."

Many estate agents poured millions of pounds into HIPs only to then pull the plug on future plans and turn their back on the scheme. This will prove even more tumultuous when HIPs arrives and groups aren't ready because they grew tired of its poor implementation.

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