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DCLG maps out three-stage plan for Hips

13 June 2007
The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has outlined its new timetable for the implementation of home information packs (Hips), whose scheduled June 1st introduction was delayed on May 22nd after the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors launched a legal challenge.

But the new triple-phase schedule could fail to clarify the complex system for users, the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) has warned.

With Hips implementation staggered into three phases for four-bedroom and larger homes, three-bedroom homes and other properties, phased implementation could "cause complete confusion", warned NAEA chief executive Peter Bolton King.

The government should introduce the energy performance certificate as soon as possible while abandoning the rest of the pack altogether, Mr Bolton King recommended.

But the Association of Home Information Pack Providers (AHIPP) defended the scheme, with director general Mike Ockenden maintaining it provides "much needed clarity for consumers".

Rapid and immediate introduction of the energy performances certificates, in particular, would help the UK tackle the 27 per cent of carbon emissions which come from the nation's homes, Mr Ockenden added.

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