An evaluation of the home information pack

Beaument, Jack (2011) An evaluation of the home information pack. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    On taking power the current Coalition Government acted quickly to suspend the requirement to commission a Home Information Pack with effect from 21st May 2010. Measures to completely abolish HIP provisions as contained in Part 5 of the 2004 Housing Act are to be included within the forthcoming Decentralisation and Localism Bill.

    The coalition Government have made it clear that they have no desire to replace HIPs with anything else therefore, it has since been realised that the suspension and forthcoming abolition of HIPs means that the problems identified with the home buying and selling process in England in 1997 by the then Labour Government Party remain largely unsolved. The HIP has received much hostility and scepticism from principal stakeholders in the housing market since its unofficial introduction in 1998. In addition to this there has been enduring doubts surrounding the HIP as to whether it could successfully deliver its objectives, with the House of Lords Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee 1st Report of 2010-11 expressing concern over the “precipitate” way the Government had acted to suspend HIPs.

    The report makes specific reference to a lack of evidence based considerations of the impacts of removing HIPs but also goes on to state that “simply abolishing HIPs will not solve the well-known problems in the house-buying process, and we encourage the Communities and Local Government to take up the offer to conduct positive discussions with the industry before bringing forward further legislation”. There is evidence to support that HIPs were successfully achieving their aims however there is also contradicting evidence to claim that they were having a detrimental effect on the housing market and not fulfilling their initial objectives. Therefore the question remains that if the concerns and advice received by professional bodies and consumers alike regarding the HIP were considered and implemented perhaps the need for its abolishment would not be required.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2011 16:26
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:48

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