Promise Homepacks has confirmed it will go ahead with the launch of Home Information Packs (HIPs) from 1 June, despite the government's decision to delay official implementation until 1 August.
In a statement to the House of Commons yesterday Ruth Kelly, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, announced the delay following the launch of a Judicial Review last week by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
She revealed an order handed out by the judge last Wednesday meant Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) would have to be removed from HIPs “for the time being”.
As a result, Kelly says the government and RICS had resolved a way forward, which involves the phasing in of HIPs from the 1 August for four bedroom homes, and larger houses, before including other properties once more Domestic Energy Assessors become accredited.
However, Darren Beech, managing director of Promise Homepacks, argues the HIP industry is ready now, and says it will prove yesterday’s announcement is an “unnecessary delay” by pressing ahead with a 1 June launch “regardless of the unwanted and confusing changes announced in Parliament”.
He confirms the Voluntary Information Packs (VIPs) which it will make available will include Energy Performance Certificates. As it is voluntarily providing the packs pre-regulation, it can use the 522 registered DEAs, and if necessary “dip into” the 2,500 qualified assessors who have not yet been registered.
He points out Promise Homepacks has been delivering VIPs for three months, as part of the HIPs ‘dry run’, and says it actually sold the most VIPs ever yesterday morning before the announcement as it has had no problems getting EPCs, with the longest delay taking just seven days.
Beech says the company has the support of the majority of its estate agents and solicitor partners and will be launching a suite of products starting at £199 from the 1 June which it believes will be of great benefit to home sellers and buyers alike.
Beech adds: “With yesterday's fiasco, and the subsequent disquieting news from the Estate Agent Ombudsman that complaints are on the increase, it is about time those with a vested interest in the property industry stopped listening to bureaucrats and institutions and took a hold of things themselves before the public completely loses faith in our industry.”
“HIPs may not be everyone’s answer to the problems that our market has but they are a start and they are certainly a lot better than the current lack of information.”
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