Trevor Kent, a tireless campaigner for the abolition of Home Information Packs (HIPs), see www.homeinformationpacks.com, is delighted to say that, as of Thursday 20th May 2010, HIPs have been suspended by the new coalition government.  It is no longer necessary for a HIP to be produced when a property is placed on the market.

 

However The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) which was incorporated in the HIP will still need to be prepared by sellers or their agents and must be ordered before marketing can begin.  Beneath is an extract from the Government's Order in this respect.

   

6. In order to ensure that people selling their homes continue to make an Energy Performance Certificate available to prospective buyers, we have also laid before Parliament the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 which introduce a number of new requirements including:

  • a new duty on the seller to secure that an energy performance certificate (EPC) has been commissioned before marketing of the property commences where no such certificate is already available

  • an EPC has been commissioned when a Domestic Energy Assessor has been instructed to prepare the EPC and the EPC has either been paid for or has given a clear undertaking to pay for it

  • a new duty on the person acting on behalf of the seller to be satisfied that an EPC has been commissioned before commencing marketing

  • a new duty on both the seller and a person acting on their behalf to make reasonable efforts to secure an EPC within 28 days

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

    Source: Communities and Government 20-5-2010

The EPC requires a qualified Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA) to visit your home and assess its thermal efficiency and this information must be made available for your purchaser to inspect.  In practice the estate agency industry discovered that only 1% of buyers were interested in the EPC findings but the requirement for it is in EU legislation.  We will be delighted to arrange the inspection for you through the firm who previously supplied our HIPs.

Please note that, unlike many of our competitors, we have elected not to add a handling fee or mark-up to the charge you will pay for your EPC, you may well consider whether any other firm you are considering instructing can confirm the same..

Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss placing your property on the market with Trevor Kent & Co, when we can give you the very latest news on the legislation changes.

Trevor Kent

20th May 2010