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AHIPP to launch code of practice for members

The Association of Home Information Pack Providers will launch a code of practice for Hips which all its members will subscribe to.

The code of practice is designed to provide maxium protection for consumers. Pack providers will be able to sign up to the voluntary code from late September this year.

The AHIPP code will undergo the Office of Fair Trading Consumer Codes Approval process and a consumer redress service will be provided through the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

All members packs will be authenticated with the AHIPP logo and an independent compliance board has been set up to monitor the performance of providers, under the code.

AHIPP director general Mike Ockenden says: The Government has already announced that they will be regulating all Home Inspectors – we are now taking this a step further to provide a voluntary code of practice for pack providers too. All members of AHIPP will be subject to stringent standards to ensure consumers purchasing a pack through one of our members can place total confidence in the finished product.”


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