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HIPs abolished in England/Wales : Home Reports in Scotland remain unchanged

With the introduction of Home Information Packs back in 2003, it seemed that these reports were user-friendly and provided people with the security and knowledge they felt comfortable with before purchasing a property. The HIP remained in use until early 2010.

In England and Wales, it was previously required that homeowners provide a Home Information Pack (or HIP) along with the other documents when selling their homes. This is no longer the case; on the 21st May 2010, the government suspended the use of HIPs in England and Wales.

The Home Information Pack consisted of various documents, notably: an Energy Performance Certificate (or EPC), local authority searches, title documents, guarantees, etc.

The reason given by the government for abolishing HIPs, was that they added an additional cost (sometimes very large amounts) to those already struggling in a difficult housing market. This does not mean that no documents must be applied for before selling houses in England and Wales, however. They will still be required to commission an EPC before putting their house onto the market. The benefit of the EPC is that it is much more cost-effective, affordable and will still provide information regarding the property without digging too deeply into the home-seller’s budget. The EPC rates homes using a range of A to G and provides information on how to save energy.

Scotland remains unchanged as it has different buying/selling regulations. The Home Report, which differs from the HIP, is still used. There are no plans on the horizon to change this or abolish the Home Report as it seems to be extremely beneficial.

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