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Hips: Heated words over energy performance certificates

They are a key component of home information packs (Hips) – which are compulsory for every home put on the market in England and Wales – and have been hailed by ministers as a vital tool in the battle against carbon emissions. But questions are being asked about the quality of energy performance certificates (EPCs) in a row that pits former newspaper tycoon Eddy Shah against the government.


Home Information Packs Estate Agent Rip Off

According to recent research conducted by Which? Money, Home Information Packs (HIPS) provided by estate agents can cost significantly more than the ones that can be obtained directly from HIP providers – some of them can cost a staggering 50% more.


Half of all home sales going through without HIPs

Half of all home sales are going through without the Home Information Pack demanded by the Government, it has been claimed.

The controversial requirement for sellers to buy and complete a HIP costing £300 or more is simply being dodged or ignored, according to research.


Home information packs (HIPs) are deterring homeowners

Home information packs (HIPs) are deterring homeowners from putting their property up for sale, stunting market recovery, estate agents believe.

A survey of members by the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) revealed that one in ten agents believed that the number of people selling would DOUBLE if HIPs were taken off the market.


MP is calling for the controversial Home Information Pack HIP to be scrapped.

An MP is calling for the controversial Home Information Pack (HIP) to be scrapped.

North East Hampshire MP James Arbuthnot warns the already fragile housing market will only get worse following the introduction of complex and expensive new HIP rules.

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