Housing Minister Grant Shapps MP and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles MP, jointly announced at 10am today that Home Information Packs are to be suspended as a necessity in the home selling process, with immediate effect and in anticipation of primary legislation to can them permanently.

In a press statement they said “This is a great example of how this new Government is getting straight down to work by cutting away pointless red-tape that is strangling the market. Rather than shelling out hundreds of pounds for nothing in return we’re stripping away bureaucracy and letting home owners sell their properties.

“But we’re also showing our commitment to a greener housing market by keeping Energy Performance Certificates and making them more relevant in helping buyers make informed decisions on the energy costs of their new home.”

HIPs are finally gone, and hopefully forgotten. EPCs are retained and will merely need to be commissioned, not received in order to enable the marketing of a residential property.

Well done Eric Pickles, Sec of State, and his Minister Grant Shapps for getting this done and, importantly, for fulfilling a promise. An entire industry (well, 90% of it) salutes you.

That is so unlike the other lot we had… 😉

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