The Home Information Pack: draft
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These draft regulations are concerned with:
the meaning of Home Information Packs (HIP)
the contents of the Packs
forms for providing HIP information
assembly and authenticity of HIPs
exceptions to the duty to have a HIP
enforcement of HIP duties
The regulations are being published in draft to provide an opportunity for comments on
the drafting, accuracy and practical application of the provisions set out in the
regulations. In the case of the draft forms, we are seeking comments on the content.
The design of the forms, including their translation into Welsh, will be undertaken
following the consultation. This is part of a process aimed at ensuring that the
regulations work effectively when home information packs are introduced. The
consultation is not seeking comments on wider issues surrounding the contents and
applications of HIPs. These were the subject of earlier consultations - see the
background note below.
The draft regulations should be considered alongside the detailed commentary
(guidance) which was published on 9th November. We would appreciate any comments
particularly on how this guidance could be made more user-friendly. Please also note
that a sample Home Condition Report is attached to the guidance. In its present format
this just indicates the content; the design of the form is yet to be completed. However,
any comments would be welcome.
Responses to the consultation are requested to arrive no later than Friday 30
December 2005. They should be addressed to:
Housing Markets Division
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
2/F8 Eland House
London SW1E 5DU
Telephone: 020 7944 3816
Fax: 020 7944 3408
E mail responses and enquiries should be sent to:
Responses will be acknowledged and will be taken into account in finalising the
regulations. A summary of the contents of consultation responses will be published.
Individual responses may be published as part of the arrangements for dissemintaing
the outcome of the consultation. If the assumption that you will have no objection to
such publication is wrong, please let us know. We will then do our best to treat your
response as confidential, although we cannot guarantee that confidentiality can be
maintained in all circumstances.
Publication of the draft regulations is the next step in an extensive process of
consultation on the introduction of the Home Information Packs. A wide-ranging
consultation on the contents of the packs and the transactions to which they should
apply was carried out in 2003. Responses to that consultation were assessed by
Government/Industry/consumer consultative groups following enactment of the Housing
Act 2004 and the resulting recommendations published in March 2005. The draft
regulations, based on those recommendations, have been worked up in close
consultation with key stake holders including the Law Society, RICS, National
Association of Estate Agents, Council of Mortgage Lenders and the consumer