The Association of Home Information Pack Providers has launched a HIP code of practice, ahead of the mandatory introduction of packs on June 1 2007.
All those involved in the provision of the packs are invited to sign up to the code of practice, which is not solely restricted to AHIPP members, and consumers will be encouraged by the association to only use a HIP provider who displays the HIP code logo in their window and on their stationery.
The code will be monitored by the Property Codes Compliance Board, which is an independent body funded by registered firms, and will have representatives from lenders, conveyancers and HIP providers.
The code will set out minimum standards that HIP providers must meet and the public can check whether a provider subscribes to the code by contacting the Property Codes Compliance Board.
Mike Ockenden, director general of AHIPP, says: “The consumer will be able to place total confidence in any HIP purchased through providers adhering to the code.
“The government will be regulating home inspectors to ensure that they carry out their role to the highest standard and all consumers purchasing a HIP with the HIP code logo can be confident that their provider is also being stringently regulated.
“The packs will carry professional indemnity insurance and any problems that may arise will be picked up immediately and resolved quickly, with minimum disruption and cost to the consumer.
“It is vital that the providers of HIPs and all those professional people involved in compiling them are seen as trustworthy people with impeccable integrity.”