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Thu 06 May 2010

Survival of the HIP Post Election

The result of the elections is set to cause turmoil and confusion regarding HIPs and whether they are to be retained. We have only just got used to HIPs packs after nearly 3 years and we are to be thrown into further chaos if the Tories win the election which, at present, seems likely. The Tories have vowed to abolish the HIPs pack very soon after assuming power.

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Sun 02 May 2010

Cameron promises to scrap HIPs in a few Days!

The Conservative Leader, David Cameron, said in an interview published on Sunday 2nd May that his Government would introduce legislation to abolish the HIP (Home Information Pack) within just a few days of taking office.  The Times article comes out at the same time as the News of The World predicts that the Tories will be close enough to the magic 328 MPs that they may only need the assistance of the Unionists in Northern Ireland to form a majority Government.

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Thu 29 Apr 2010

House Prices now rising at 10.5% per year

The Nationwide building society announced today somewhat unexpectedly that the property market in England and Wales is now as rampant as it was before the Crash!  They reported 10. 5% annual house price inflation which is as high as it was in June 2007.  Read more on the BBC web site.

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Fri 23 Apr 2010

New Consumer Code for Home Builders introduced on 1 April 2010

A new Consumer Code for Home Builders was introduced on 1 April 2010. It is aimed at providing a more streamlined, efficient service to its customers so the conveyancing process runs more smoothly and will apply to reservations from 1 April 2010.

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Fri 23 Apr 2010

Plans for Co-operative to become one of the first Alternative Business Structures

The Co-op is planning to be one of the first Alternative Business Structures (ABS) to hit the market, come October 2011 when ABS will be permitted.

They are planning a major advertising campaign to promote their legal services amongst their customers. In-store radio and animated television screens are to be used to support the campaign.  

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Fri 23 Apr 2010

The new Consumer Code for Builders introduced on 1 April 2010

A new Consumer Code for Home Builders was introduced on 1 April 2010. It is aimed at providing a more streamlined, efficient service to its customers so the conveyancing process runs more smoothly and will apply to reservations from 1 April 2010.

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Wed 21 Apr 2010

Restricted Access to Local Authority Records

The Council of Property Search Organisations (CoPSO) has requested the government to consult on legislation which requires local authorities to provide open and free access to property information.

Councils are apparently restricting access to their information records which leads to problems when undertaking personal searches. At present individuals have access to the public register but not all councils will also access to all the information that is needs to complete a CON29 form.  

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Tue 20 Apr 2010

So Could the EPC replace the HIP?

With many signs pointing towards the abolition of the HIP sometime late in 2010, it seems a good time to ask, "will the EPC just replace the HIP?"

The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) has always been a part of the Home Information Pack (HIP).  It provides an energy rating (very much like those that you see to rate white goods) for your home and is produced by a Certified Assessor.

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Thu 15 Apr 2010

The HIP is Dead, Long Live the EPC!

With the Liberal Democrats announcement that they would scrap HIPs and keep the Energy Performance Certificate or EPC (that is, if they win the 2010 Election), the Tories committed to abolishing the HIP (with no mention of the EPC) and the Polls pointing to either a Tory Win or Lib Dem involvement in Government - well let's just say that it isn't looking too good for those dedicated HIP Providers!

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Thu 15 Apr 2010

Election 2010: Liberal Democrats vow to scrap HIPs too!

In their 2010 Election manifesto launched on April 14th 2010, the Liberal Democrats stated that they would "Scrap burdensome Home Information Packs, retaining the requirement for homes to have an energy performance certificate. "  To read the whole manifesto go here.

At last one of the main parties has acknowledged that the HIP may be dead, but the EPC lingers on!

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