Were HIPs Ever Replaced?

Paul Hajek | 6 Jul 2012

Day 5: Everything You Need To Know About Buying and Selling a House or a Flat in 31 Daily Bite-Sized Chunks

Welcome to Day 5 of our special series of blog posts running every day in March.” Whatever happened to Home Information Packs (HIPs)”

  an energy performance certificateTen years in the making before their introduction in August 2007, the Sellers’ Pack then the Home Information Pack (HIP) finally bit the dust in May 2010. 

  As Mr Pickles, the Communities Secretary announced on May 20th 2010:-

“HIPs are history. This action will encourage sellers back into the market, and help the market as a whole and the economy recover.”

Sorry, Mr. Pickles, but I don’t think you can blame HIPs as holding back the Housing Market (clue: try Banks), but I digress. 

Up until then it was a legal requirement that before you put your property on the market for sale, you were required to have a HIP available.

HIPs were composed of basic legal information such as, either Land Registry documents proving title or what is known as an Abstract or Epitome of Title where the property was older and had not been registered at the Land Registry, a plan of the property and searches such as Local Authority Searches, and a Drainage Search.

There was also an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) designed to test and rate the energy efficiency of a property

And it is the EPC which is the sole survivor of the HIP cull.

An EPC is still a requirement before you are able to put your property on the market. The important difference is that it needn’t hold up the marketing. The HIP must be available within 28 days.

An EPC costs on average about £40

What does an EPC contain?

An Energy Performance Certificate is prepared after a Domestic Energy Assessor carries out an inspection of your Property. The purpose of this inspection is to calculate how energy efficient and environmentally friendly your property is.

The certificate is drawn up, detailing the costs of running your property, how much Carbon Dioxide it produces per year, a summary of how certain features of your property affect its rating and measures that can be adopted to save money and improve the properties energy efficiency.

All in easy to understand fridge type ratings from A-G

From 20th May 2010, a new duty on the person acting on behalf of the seller, normally the Estate Agent or the Seller’s Solicitors if the sale is private to be satisfied that an EPC has been commissioned before marketing is begun. 

All of the new duties carry fixed penalties where somebody fails in the duty conferred on them by the new regulations.

If in doubt your Estate Agent or your Conveyancing Solicitor will advise you 

 Be sure to sign up for a chance to have your Conveyancing carried out by Clutton Cox, free of charge. 


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