12 April 2010

The Association of Home Information Pack Providers (AHIPP) are urging the Conservatives to reconsider their intention to remove Home Information Packs (HIPs) from the UK housing market, should the Tories get in power following the upcoming general election.

In the lead up to the election the Shadow Housing Minister, Grant Shapps, has criticised HIPs as a contributing factor for the fall in house prices and reduction in activity seen by the market. HIPs were introduced in August 2007, with the intention of speeding up the home moving process.

The director general of the Association of Home Information Pack Providers (AHIPP), Mick Ockenden, is advising the Tories not to scrap HIPs, commenting: “The Tory Manifesto pledge to abolish HIPs is not only extremely disappointing, but is also rather misleading. This constructive course of action is vital and we would urge the party to honour this promise. The future path should be adapting rather than scrapping HIPs, to ensure home movers are not cast back into the dark ages.”

The AHIPP have recently announced that their research has found that HIPs do not have a negative impact on the market, with 85% of people claiming that HIPs has not deterred them from selling their property.

Source: Home Move

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