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E2M calls for clearer HIP implementation timetable

Easier2move has called on the government to introduce a clear timetable for the roll-out of Home Information Packs in order to restore market confidence in the future of the legislation.

Karen Babington, sales and marketing director at Easier2move, says: “The recent announcement from the Department for Communities and Local Government is a true confirmation of the governments undertaking to make HIPs a reality.

The phased roll-out detailed in this document appears to be a fair and measured approach to the implementation of packs.

“However, while we agree that it is important to have the right personnel in place across the country before a true roll-out of HIPs can take place, we are disappointed that no firmer dates have been mentioned.”

Babington admits that HIPs have become somewhat of a movable feast recently, but she warns the lack of firm timings for the introduction of packs will continue to affect the markets confidence in their ultimate introduction.

She adds: This will in turn reduce the amount of investment from interested companies and thus set the process back even further.

“We call on the government to rectify this state of uncertainty as soon as possible and allow companies, such as ourselves, to get on with the business of providing these packs to consumers.”


Review tax laws, says NLA

The National Landlords Association is urging the government to review taxation in the private rented sector following reports that Revenue & Customs is targeting 80,000 buy-to-let landlords who may have claimed too much tax relief. The NLA says that because the government department al-ready has the rental sector in its sights and given its importance […]

RBSIP introduces new rates to First Active range

RBS Intermediary Partners will be introducing new rates to its First Active fixed rate products. The new rates will include a two-year fixed rate deal which will only be available online at 5.99% with a 699 arrangement fee. For all First Active residential remortgage products there are no basic legal or valuation fees. Overpayments of […]

HIPs, IDDs and housing confusion

The first six months of the year have been a hive of activity in the mortgage market, with confusion over HIPs and IDDs making life difficult for us professionals, says Sue Read

Henry to head up Money Partner’s secured loan team

Money Partners has appointed Adam Henry as director of secured lending, following a reveiw of its broker business.Henry, previously sales and marketing director for Money Partners will be responsible for the loans sales team, all related broker relationships and all aspects of secured loans marketing and product design and development. Explaining the rationale behind the […]


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