Why should the buyer trust searches etc. provided by the seller?
HIP searches may be supplied by the appropriate local authority or a private search company and must satisfy the requirements of the HIP regulations. These set out the information that is required for a search to be valid for inclusion in the HIP and the minimum standards that must be met. The search provider and the information they provide must be backed by insurance and buyers and their mortgage lenders will have a legal right to rely on the searches required to be in the HIP.