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‘60% Of sellers requesting home condition reports’

Feedback from the early rollout of home information packs indicates that they are being welcomed by many consumers, says the Association of Home Information Pack Providers.

Hips were introduced in six locations across the UK in November ahead of their nationwide launch in June.

Ahipp claims that most sellers are requesting the voluntary home condition report, which was controversially scrapped as a compulsory component of Hips last July.

The claim come despite numerous industry figures, including many influential brokers and lenders, suggesting that Hips have been watered down to such an extent that they are now meaningless.

Many critics have also questioned whether people will voluntarily pay for an HCR when it is not compulsory, with other concerns being whether the lack of home inspectors will slow down the housebuying process.

Ahipp deputy director general Paul Broadhead says: “We have seen many consumers now enquiring about the packs with their local estate agent. In fact, feedback from our members has suggested that over 700 packs have already been commissioned since November, over 60 per cent of which have included an HCR.”

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