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HIPs to be rolled out to three bedroom houses on September 10

Home Information Packs will be rolled out to three bedroom properties from September 10, the government has confirmed today.

Following the introduction of the packs for homes with four bedrooms and above on August 1, the Government has today confirmed there will be enough energy assessors, nationally and regionally, to roll out to three bedroom homes next month, having taken into account the operation of HIPs in the market.?

A further announcement on rolling out HIPs and EPCs to other properties will be made in due course.

Communities minister Baroness Andrews says: “We are now ready to start rolling out HIPs and EPCs to the next part of the market as promised, and improve a home buying and selling process which currently is not working for consumers or the environment.” ?

“HIPs and EPCs can help families to save hundreds of pounds off their fuel bills, and cut a million tonnes of carbon a year. They also have the potential to reduce the millions of pounds wasted by consumers when buying and selling a home, by increasing transparency and competition in a process that hasn’t changed for a generation.”

Easier2move sales and marketing director Karen Babington says: “We are delighted that the Government has decided to push ahead with the introduction of HIPs on three-bedroom properties. With 11 million homes falling into this category, this move will mean that significantly more consumers can benefit from the advantages offered by these packs.

She adds: ”Despite the dire warnings from some pundits – thus far – we have seen the smooth implementation of HIPS for four-bedroom properties. The process has been surprisingly without hitches and we are delighted to say that components of the pack not taking as nearly long to compile as some ‘doom mongers’ forecasted. For example, we have found that EPC’s are only taking around 24 to 48 hours to turn around.”

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