Birmingham City Council have announced that they will be spot checking the quality of HIPs in Birmingham produced by estate agents and will fine those that break the rules.
Birmingham Council intend to identify whether or not estate agents are making HIPs available at the appropriate time and if the HIPs contain all the necessary paperwork, including an Energy Performance Certificate. Attention will be given to the accuracy of information provided from local searches.
Trading Standards employees are intend to check about a quarter of the city’s estate agents who produce HIPs in Birmingham but the council state that their focus will be concentrated where there are already suspicions that agents may be marketing properties without HIPs. The visits will be made openly with Trading Standards officers announcing themselves and asking to see the HIPs relating to properties that are advertised.