The Association of Home Information Pack Providers has today announced the first stage of its roll out of Hips and the Home Condition Reports.
The six locations where it will commence its roll out on 6th November 2006 are in Southampton, Newcastle, Northampton, Bath, Huddersfield and Cambridge.
The roll out is designed to demonstrate the benefits of HIPs and the HCR to buyers and sellers and will include independent testing.
AHIPP deputy director general Paul Broadhead says: While this is an AHIPP roll out, independent of Government intervention, we will also be happy to work with Government to further introduce packs in their chosen locations early in 2007, once these have been identified.
“Equally, we are prepared to share with them our findings, collated through independent testing of the packs across the market.
The Governments decision to make the HCR a voluntary part of the HIP was spineless and unnecessary and was a decision made purely for political reasons. It is now up to industry to pick up the pieces and deliver its benefits to the consumer.