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AHIPP lends 'strong support' to govt programme

24 July 2006
The Association of Home Information Pack Providers (AHIPP) has said it will continue to give its full support to the government initiative to introduce Home Information Packs (HIPs).

Fears have grown throughout the industry lately that professional bodies, like the AHIPP, would turn on the government after the U-turn it made over compulsory Home Condition Reports (HCRs).

Mike Ockenden, director general for AHIPP, said he believed that HCRs would be adopted as part of the HIP process as soon as their worth was unconditionally proven.

"We will continue to strongly support the HIPs programme to ensure that consumers get the full benefits of this vital home buying and selling reform," he stated.

"Reassurance must now be offered by the government to the industry, and in particular the thousands of individuals currently undertaking training to become home inspectors, to ensure continued confidence."

Mr Ockenden also said that it was important to get the process of introducing HIPs, which were originally due to be implemented from 1st June, back on track, as they were of "huge benefit" for consumers and would "form a vital element of the HIP".

"As we have continually stated, we still believe that the HCR should become mandatory as soon as the dry run proves [its] worth – which it will."

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