Home Information Packs Scrapped
Latest News updated 20 May 2010
HIP's which were introduced in 2007 to provide house buyers with up-front information without incurring any expense, have been suspended by the new coalition government stating;-
"The expensive and unnecessary home information pack has increased the cost and hassle of selling homes and is stifling a fragile housing market, this action will encourage sellers back into the market, and help the market as a whole and the economy recover."
- Do I need a Home Information Pack?
- When can I start to sell my house and place my property on the market?
- Where can I Buy a EPC?
1. Do I need a Home Information Pack?
LATEST NEWS 20/05/2010 - Communities secretary Eric Pickles, laid an order before parliament suspending Hips, pending primary legislation for a permanent abolition. However you would still need to purchase an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) which was originally included in a home information pack.
2. When can I start to sell my house and place my property on the market?
LATEST NEWS 20/05/2010 - Sellers will still be required to get an Energy Performance Certificate showing how energy efficient a property is within 28 days of putting their home on the market, as this is a requirement under EU law. The cost of these is typically around £60.
3. Where can I buy a EPC?
Most estate agents will offer a energy performance
certificate however if you later wish to find a new agent, you may need to buy
a new energy performance certificate as they may own it an not you!
We recommend that you buy your Energy Performance Certificate independently from any agent so you have total control and flexibility on how you market your property.