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Do I really have to pay for a HIP ?

A recent article in the Daily Mail suggested that approximately 50% of prospective sellers are ignoring the rules on Home Improvement Packs and are putting their properties on the market without ordering a HIP - and that there is little chance of them facing prosecution because the relevant authorities could not begin to cope with the sheer scale of the problem were they to try to pursue each and every offender. Is this true ?

Asked on Jul 5 2009, Selling in Leeds | Report content

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  • Hi John, You are right about the Daily Mail article, but it was primarily referring to properties being marketed before the completed HIP is available, which breaks recent changes to legislation. In terms of makreting without a HIP completely, it is not advisable to do so. If you are marketing your home through an estate agent then any reputable agent would insist on having one, as not doing so is a clear breach of regulations and they can be fined for it. No matter how small the chances of being caught, they should not risk putting their reputation on the line for this. I would avoid any agent prepared to do this - what other corners might they be cutting? If you are marketing privately you should be aware of the implications yourself in terms of how you will be percieved by prospective purchasers for avoiding buying a pack. What might they think you are hiding? It is also the case that your solicitor is likely going to advise you to buy a HIP as soon as they get involved. You don't however need to pay for the HIP before you move if it is the upfront cost that is bothering you. By looking online you can find a number of companies that will offer no sale no fee HIPs

    Answered on Jul 6 2009, Report content
  • Hi John, sound advice from BenHarris. We are just about to market our property here in Norfolk and were amazed at the different costings given for the HIP by different estate agents SO we decided to get it done independently and found a few companies on the internet. After telephoning 3 we settled for one who came out next day, because he was in our area doing a couple of others, and we had the pack completed within 2 weeks at a very good price. As our house was only built at end 2004 and is still under builders warranty we thought we might get away without the HIP but, unfortunately, that's not the case and every property has to have one!

    Answered on Jul 27 2009, Report content
  • HIPS have now been scrapped, but there remains confusion about the EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) which is still a legal requirement when letting or selling.

    Answered on Jul 26 2011, Report content

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