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Ahipp blasts reform scaremongers

Hip supporters have hit out at critics of the new regime in an outspoken statement headed, “Lies, damn lies and uninformed Hip critics.

The remarkable outburst from the Association of Home Information Pack Providers comes after a number of reports had claimed there would not be enough energy inspectors by the June 1 deadline and there have been suggestions that some estate agents would look to rip off customers with high-priced housing information packs.

Deputy director general Paul Broadhead warns that these sort of claims are causing unnecessary panic.

Ahipps says that the market will need 2,500 qualified domestic energy assessors by June, with 1,000 already trained, and it claims that a further 2,200 will have completed their training and qualified by June.

It says Hips will cost on average 300-500 for the mandatory pack, and claims Hips will reduce the number of transactions that fall through.

Broadhead says: “The suggestion that there will not be enough energy assessors on June 1 is totally untrue and totally unsubstantiated.

The current training courses for DEAs are bulging at the seams. The suggestion by some misinformed individuals that Hips will cost 1,000 is a total fabrication. Hips will cost in the region of 300-500 and this will include the cost of an energy performance certificate.”

“Recent suggestions surrounding energy assessor numbers are nothing more than an irresponsible attempt to scare consumers and impair this much needed reform.”

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