Findings from the Dry Run and Area Trials to date are as
HIPs are being produced
in around 10 days. However, the time taken varies depending on the area between 4 days and 4 weeks. The main cause
of delay is in obtaining the Local Search.
HIPs for Leasehold
properties take on average 7 days longer to produce.
In September 2006, the Department pledged £4 million of
funding to support six Area Trials for the packs in Bath, Newcastle, Southampton,
Northampton, Huddersfield and Cambridge, beginning in November 2006. The trials are being
rolled out by the Department in partnership with industry and aim to help test
both the Packs and full Home Condition Reports.
Since November 2005 HIPs have also been ‘dry run’ by ‘early
adopters’ keen to test the benefits they offer. More than 18000 packs have been
produced, varying from packs consisting simply of key legal documents to packs that
included searches and surveys. More than 100 organisations are participating in the
In November 2006 we began the 6 Area Trials in co-operation
with the Association of Home Information Pack Providers
(AHIPP). These are intended to:
• test the practicalities
of producing full packs using certificated home inspectors;
• enable us to understand
how we can maximise the benefits of HIPs for consumers
and, in particular, how we can encourage the take up of Home
and the benefits they could bring
• test consumer reactions
to Energy Performance Certificates and enable us to
understand how we might maximise the carbon reductions they
The £4m that has been set aside to support the Area Trials
is being used to publicise the availability of packs in the trial areas; to explain the
benefits; to subsidise the production of packs; and to fund independent research by Ipsos
Mori to monitor the trials.
More than 150 organisations are participating in the Area
Trials and so far almost 1000 packs have been commissioned, 60p
per cent of these with Home
The majority of buyers
have said that they would be likely to make changes
suggested in the
EPC, but there is a need to improve the clarity
contained in the HIP for buyers and sellers.
The Home Use and Home
Contents forms require further amendments to avoid
creating an added burden for industry and consumers.