Hips money better spent on DIY

Published:  21 May, 2010

LONDON: Homebuyers could better spend the money used for HIPs on renovation said a government minister.

As of today Home Information Packs are not longer required for house sales.

Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said: "We would much prefer people to use the money they would have otherwise have spent on HIPs, to go down to Homebase or B&Q, to buy some paint, get some shelving, maybe go to a place where they can get some white goods, and to do something useful for the economy and something useful for their homes."

Speaking at a press conference yesterday he said: "This useless, pointless and entirely unnecessary piece of legislation has slowed down the housing market and has caused unnecessary problems, so I have now signed an order that suspends HIPS effectively from the 21st of this month.

"We will consult and seek legislation to eventually abolish the pack. It will now be possible to put your house on the market without the necessity of having this wholly unnecessary and pointless document."

However, house sellers are still required to complete an Energy Performance Certificate.

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