Conservative Home Information Pack policy to stall property market?

Grant Shapps has re-iterated his and the Conservative’s plans to scrap Home Information Packs HIPs; yet again over the last few days. However, yet again he has not detailed any planned phase out or replacement of the HIP.

Grant Shapps’s latest statements covered by the man stream media are nothing new and do not detail any plans or future proposals of what he may or may not implement. This continual repetition is becoming slightly tiresome to those genuinely interested in the future of the UK housing market and put the market at real danger of ‘stalling’ and house price instability.

We are at risk that as the election moves closer and without any clear direction being given on this matter that the property market will be negatively impacted upon. With the notion that the Conservatives have promoted ; that Home Information Packs cost sellers more to move (which we disagree with, see Benefits of Home Information Packs for a different view point), how many people will put off placing their property on the market until after the election and what effect will this have?

We have tried to get an answer to what Grant Shapps proposes via numerous routes, including email, letter, comments on the Conservatives blog and even twitter (@grantshapps) but alas have failed. We have of course received appreciated responses in most avenues but without the requested answers. We were maybe slightly politically naive expecting a direct answer to a direct question and are yet to be convinced that Grant Shapps has a full understanding about the industry – Grants Shapps – Strong Foundations or Weak Understanding?.

On reflection, it is not surprising we were not able to get an answer when others such as AHIPP have tried over and over.

Now there is not much to summarise but here it is; Conservatives say they will:

  • scrap HIP
  • keep EPCs (which they do not have a choice about)

Again, maybe more political naivety, we believe in plain English and would like the following questions answered with this in mind.

Q1. Are you going to replace Home Information Packs with anything else?

Q2. If so, what?

Q3. What are the planned timescales to the answer in Q2?

Q4. How will you manage the scrapping process, timescales and actions?

Of course, we will update you if we do get an adequate response and continue to follow this specific topic with interest. However, it would be so much more interesting if Grant Shapps actually discussed a little of possible future policy.


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10 Responses to “Conservative Home Information Pack policy to stall property market?”

  1. Altho it appears that EPCs will continue, Grant Shapps has yet to clarify if these will be watered down, who will carry these out, how they will connect in practice with the “£6500” green deal (per household), and whether the big utilities will take over the provision of EPCs thereby sidelining DEAs working independently.
    DEAs continue to watch the horizon.

  2. It appears Mr Shapps must have read your blog and has answered your q4 !!! 🙂

    He apparently announced (see estate agent today)that he will scrap HIPS in 100 days.

    I completely agree he is not thinking about the consequences of these announcements and the effect it will have on the market.

  3. Yes we have read this article just now, though at present can only find this reference to it Grant Shapps’s coments here.

    Would be nice to believe that he had made this statement in response to our questions, though i do not suppose it is very likely.

    Good to see he is at least starting think about how his sound bites may affect everybody. We will update as and when we hear more about this announcement/speech.

  4. HIP ‘consultant’? Ha, ha, parasites — see the writing on the wall, eh?

    Can you say ‘vested interest’, property men? Time to get real, contributory jobs and get off the debt teat…

  5. As a potential buyer I think HIPS are GREAT. You get to see if there are any charges / restrictions on the property. You get to see what the current owners have or have not done, potential for flooding etc all before you make an offer. I know it costs the seller and that currently with the market the way it is many potential sellers are not “having a go” at selling because of the cost of the HIP, but from a buyers perspective HIPS ARE GREAT……and it will be a sad day if the Conservatives scrap them. It then costs the buyer for a solicitor to go through Title Deeds etc after an offer has been made.

  6. There is absolutely no doubt that stating he will drop the HIP will see a huge drop in houses going on the market prior to the election.

    People will just wait and any improvements that we are currently seeing as the property market is slowly improving will be set right back. The economy will suffer as a result and the recession will deepen.

    The unfortunate issue beyond the misery this short sighted approach will bring is that the current government have seemed to have lost all willingness to address this issue and are leaving Schapps to march around potentially damaging the recovery in the housing market completely unchecked.

  7. I have Emailed Grants Snapps and had a responses from His office Pasted below

    I shall be Voting GREEN !

    Thank you for your email to Grant Shapps MP. Grant read your email with interest and has asked me to respond on this behalf.

    Q1. Are you going to replace Home Information Packs with anything else?

    No

    Q2. If so, what?

    n/a

    Q3. What are the planned timescales to the answer in Q2?

    Around 100 days.

    Q4. How will you manage the scrapping process, timescales and actions?

    We’ll pass a Statutory Instrument. The process is expected to take about 100 days.

    Thank you once again for taking the time to write to Grant. Please do not hesitate to contact him again about this or any other issue.

    Yours sincerely,

    Rhys Ravenscroft.

    Parliamentary Researcher for Grant Shapps MP

  8. Hi Darcy,

    Thank you for your feedback, it is most interesting.

    We have been contacted by Mr Shapps’s office regarding this article. They have offered to answer our questions and a few more we have additionally requested answers for.

    I hope to have the responses early next week and publish the information soon afterwards. Hopefully the answers will be a little more extensive than what you have received. We have asked for plain english answers which yours certainly are.

    Mr Shapps’s office has been helpful since they made contact on this matter so hopeful we may receive a degree of detail in the responses being returned. We will see.

  9. We did get a response

    http://www.hip-consultant.co.uk/blog/conservatives-to-consult-on-home-information-packs-hips-123/
    though can not say it was as indepth as we had hoped and believed it maybe.

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