The defeat of a Conservative Party parliamentary motion to annul legislation introducing Home Information Packs has been welcomed by the housing industry.
Mike Ockenden, director general of the Association of Home Information Pack Providers (AHIPP), says the defeat of the Conservatives motion demonstrates the government’s commitment to improving the house buying and selling process.
He says: “Industry is ready to deliver HIPs and the benefits the packs will offer to both consumers and the environment. There will be enough energy assessors – our latest survey has identified over 3,500 home inspectors and Domestic Energy Assessors (DEAs) will be ready to produce Energy Performance Certificates (EPS) as of June this year.”
And Stephen Callaghan, director of DEA provider energy-assessors.com, says the vote in the House of Commons will give consumers, the industry and those training to provide Energy Performance Certificates full confidence to proceed towards implementation as legislated.
He adds: “Any further attempts to scupper the most important reform of the house-buying and selling process for decades will be unnecessary and only add to the continued scare mongering and subsequent confusion that has been rife during the last few weeks.”
However, the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors (RICS) seemed to be disappointed in the result, particularly as it confirmed its intention to proceed with a Judicial Review against the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
Jeremy Leaf, spokesman for RICS, says: “Today's debate highlights the need for immediate government action. The introduction of HIPs will have few benefits to the consumer and adversely affect the housing market and the wider economy.”
“The government should be brave and postpone their flawed plans for home buying reform. By preventing this potentially damaging and chaotic policy Gordon Brown could give substance to his claim to lead a listening Government."
Have Your Say: Homeowner Safina Sardar, says:
"I think HIPS are a fantastic idea, I am a homeowner, and although I may consider selling my home in the future I still feel they are a good idea, when it comes to the buying selling process, as it helps with the climate change issue, and has lots of other very important and useful information included."
"Sellers should not just be thinking about the money they will have to be spend, but also about the money they will be saving when they are purchasing another home."
Have Your Say: Homeowner Roslind Hayward, says:
"I for one will be taking my house off the market when I have to have a HIP. A load of nonsense. It's about time this government stopped interfering. This will make the housing market a nightmare."
Have Your Say: Andrew Thomas, from estate agents Chris John & Partners, says:
"This is arrant nonsense. Precisely the opposite is true. Only those with a vested interest in HIPS (HIP providers and those involved in training DEA’s) would welcome such a result. Property professionals are overwhelmingly dismayed that such an ill thought-out badly-drafted set of regulations may now come into effect on 1st June."
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