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Rightmove set for legal action over Hip

Rightmove says it is considering launching a multi-million pound legal action against the Government after its U-turn on home information packs.

The news comes as the Government last week apologised to home inspectors after it said in July that home condition reports would be made voluntary from June 2007.

Rightmove pulled its Hip, which cost an estimated 22m to develop, after the U-turn and says it will decide whether to seek compensation after its interim results are announced on September 1.

Hips provider Easier2Move has also said it would take part in any compensation claim if other firms get the ball rolling.

Home inspectors have also stepped up their campaign to seek redress from the Government. Money Marketing revealed last month that many were demanding compensation and a number of inspectors are drumming up support for a class action on home inspector internet forums.

A Rightmove spokeswoman says: “We may want to discuss compensation with the Government at a later stage.”

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