Looks like the Britts have done the same as CAHPI did with the PDI at Whistler . ( big sales pitch then it fell on its a$$ )
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**Government Backtracks On Home Packs **
19 Jul 2006 News ItemSee also
Building and development
The Government has stunned the property industry by announcing that key features of the Home Information Pack will no longer be a mandatory requirement when the scheme is launched next year…
Under the proposed scheme a seller would have been required to pay £700 to assemble a pack of documents - legal searches, title deeds, and a controversial Home Condition Report (HCR) - before they could put their house on the market.
Critics within the property industry have long been complaining that the scheme was riddled with problems and yesterday the housing minister Yvette Cooper conceded as much when she announced that a key feature of the HIP - the Home Condition Report - will no longer be mandatory.
Cooper stressed that this is to be a deferral of full implementation rather than a complete scrapping of the HCR, the stated reason being that “further testing is needed on the costs and impacts of Home Condition Reports.”
She urged estate agents to encourage sellers to make voluntary use of HCRs and warned that “mandatory introduction of Home Condition Reports remains on the table. However, the Government wants to encourage market-led take-up first, in order to allow a more flexible roll-out that responds to consumer demand and the results of further testing.”
**Dry Run To Come **
Further testing will take place in a dry run of the Pack this autumn but the Government will also have to find a solution to one of the main reasons for deferring the launch of HCRs - there are nowhere near enough home inspectors to make the system work.
The Government calculates that 7,000 home inspectors will be needed to do the job, but thus far only 250 have been fully trained and another 4,000 are undergoing training.
However, for those hoping to become home inspectors (many of whom have paid up to £8,000 to train), and indeed for the various industry organisations that have invested heavily in HIPS, doubts must surely remain about the fate of the whole HIPS project.
While Cooper says that the deferral of mandatory HCRs is part of a gradual phasing-in plan, many suspect that this is the first step towards phasing out of HIPs - and if so that will have serious consequences for those who had hoped to provide the Packs.
**Disappointment … And Delight **
Karen Babington, Director of Sales and Marketing at Easier2Move, which was gearing up to become a major supplier of HIPS, said:
"This announcement came as somewhat of a shock as the Government has in effect removed one of the fundamental features of Home Information Packs (HIPs).
"These reports are intended to provide an objective review on the condition of the property and help consumers make better-informed purchase decisions.
"As this is one of the governments stated objectives, this sudden U-turn seems to contradict the very purpose of these packs. We can only hope that the HCR trial goes well and they become mandatory inclusions in future.
“This sudden change to the structure of HIPs - less than a year before they are due to be launched - is also likely to damage the industry’s confidence in these packs. Making this dramatic change to the structure of the packs makes it extremely difficult for HIP providers to justify allocating time and resources to preparing for the launch of a product, which is liable to change so drastically without warning.”
Estate agents, many of whom have been opposed to HIPS, welcomed the decision. Charles Smailes, President at the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), said:
"The Government has admitted it is unlikely to have the necessary number of home inspectors in place by 1 June 2007 to cope with Home Condition Report demands. This has been a major concern of the NAEA and we are thankful the Minister has finally listened.
"We welcome the introduction of trials that will allow sellers to start marketing their homes if they have already commissioned a HIP, rather than forcing them to wait up to 14 days.
"We hope the Government will use the delay in introducing the Home Condition Report as an opportunity to conduct a full and proper trial as originally promised.
"The announcement today is something of a U-turn by the Government on legislation it has been working on for over five years.
“It calls into question the effectiveness of a HIP when the documentation included is now largely available online. The legislation would seem unnecessary and does not cover the important reasons why home sales and purchase transactions fall through.”
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