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IHI calls for compensation for home inspectors

The Institute of Home Inspection is calling on all those qualified or in training to be a home inspector to fight back to keep the Home Information Pack industry alive.

The professional body for home inspectors and domestic energy assessors, IHI will join forces with other organisations such as the National Association of Registered Home Inspectors and the Association of Home Information Pack Providers to create an action group to persuade the government to support the thousands of inspectors and assessors facing financial ruin with new careers in turmoil.

Tony Gordon, secretary of the IHI, says: “Candidates of various backgrounds and ages have given up their time, borrowed substantial money in some cases, and put in a great deal of effort to be properly trained in time for the planned launch on June 1.

“Ultimately, there remains a great belief in the original intention of HIPs to speed up the selling process and make a significant contribution to home owners by providing information on the condition and energy performance of their property.“

The IHI says it hopes to push the government to fix a date when properties with less than four bedrooms will require a HIP and to re-instate the Home Condition Report.

Tony Gordon adds: “It appears that the Royal Institute of Chartered
Surveyors has successfully coerced the government into betraying thousands of energy assessors and home inspectors including some of its own members, who have paid substantial sums of money to become properly trained.”

“The IHI, whilst merely a ‘David’ in the scheme of things, has a commitment to both its members and the community at large and will not rest until the ‘Goliaths’ involved in this debacle also show some commitment to the public good as opposed to their own vested interests.

“We will be writing to the minister to ask what plans are in place to compensate the thousands of dedicated people who are seriously affected by this decision and need some concrete assurances that
there will indeed be a career that they have worked so hard to qualify for.

“We also ask all home inspectors and energy assessors, regardless of whether they are affiliated to another organisation or still in training, to contact us so that we can galvanise efforts for all concerned.”

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  • paul snow 23rd May 2011 at 8:41 pm

    just to add to whats already been said, the whole process was oversubsribed with trainees, and there was never going to be the promised jobs/wages stated during the course.I trained with HIT IN MANCHESTER, and found that the emphasis was more on relieving students of money then training.I think there should be some compensation made available as a great deal of time and effort was wasted.

  • steve 5th April 2011 at 8:50 pm

    i could do with my 10,000 thousand pounds that i spent doing the course right now. to rub salt in the wounds we paid vat to the bloody greedy hypocrites. where is our human rights??????????

  • paul templar 16th December 2010 at 9:25 pm

    could not complete HI course training company went into liquidation.voted lib dem was told full compensation.Want to take our case to the Court in Brussells.Can we do this via legal aid ? I am on pension credit when i thought i could be self employed as a HI and run my own business.Alistair Darling in the last week of goverment passed a law committing the UK to help bail out EU Countries financially. and the con/lib.dems Goverment can turn all HI compensations down.Meanwhile our taxes pay back the Banks gigantic loans.Anyone out there that can HELP in our LEGAL BATTLE???? PAUL TEMPLAR

  • James Hall 26th October 2010 at 11:42 am

    Dont make me laugh. Why cant people take responsibility for their own actions anymore. People were happy to do this when they thought HIP’s were a way to make a quick buck. HIP’s were a stupid idea from day one and everyone should have realised and steered well clear.

  • Lee Parsons 24th October 2010 at 5:15 pm

    I too wasted all my savings trying to secure a better standard of living for my family. Now the savings have gone and the future i was promised also.
    I will be very happy to back any campaign to lobby the government as i am completely disgusted in the way that we have all been dealt with!

  • Andrew McColl 27th August 2010 at 11:21 am

    Compensation is a tricky one, considering the amount of time and money it would take, even if successful, it would probably take 10 years to see something.

    Being an HI is actually positive, you are a residential property surveyor and can produce a HCS (Home Condition Survey), there are a lot of people making a good living with this.
    Join the RPSA, Residential Property Surveyors Association. rpsa.org.uk.
    A panel has been set up (pilot stage ), giving survey commissions to it’s members, at no charge.

    Andrew McColl MRPSA DipHi Dip DEA

  • Steve Davies 25th August 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Started with SAVA in 2005 and have just made my last payment for £20000 worth of loans for myself & colleague to become HI’s – what a complete waste of time and money!

    I think we were told when the HCR was dropped from the HIP’s there was no legal redress for compensation because the HCR remained as an ‘Authorised Document’ – well there are no bloody HIP’s now so where do we stand??

  • mick ward 21st August 2010 at 5:31 pm

    ive spent approx £10,000 on this course got nothing to show for it, the goverment should pay compensation for the loss of ernings and the cost of the course.can any one give some advice of what to do next

  • Stan Hill 20th August 2010 at 2:12 pm

    I am in the same situation.

    My wife has a law degree and thinks that there must be case of misrepresention.

  • Mick Lyon 22nd July 2010 at 8:51 pm

    We’re all singing the same song, basically. Paid many thousands of pounds, wasted months of our time and effort. I’ve written to my MP (Lib Dem) but she only wrote back to express sympathy (and then it was probably only a minion as she’s on maternity leave… So soon?) It’s clear to me that our MPs aren’t going to help – that’s for certain with the cuts coming. So we either launch a civil suit (no win, no fee?), try to get a judicial review or complain to the Parliamentary Commissioner (Ombudsman). My own view is that it’s the Parliamentary Ombudsman who will get us justice. If enough of us complain, he/she must act. So forget your MP (we all know they’re mostly useless), get on the OPC website (www.ombudsman.org.uk) and COMPLAIN LONG and HARD! Good Luck.

  • Dr Alison Brown 22nd June 2010 at 2:10 pm

    I also have lost thousands of pounds not to mention wasted time, energy and effort in studying hard and passing all the exams. I now have a lucrative career on Income Support and am at an age where no one would want to train me. I am still trying to pay off the debts incurred. My new Conservative M.P. did not even bother to reply. Where is the justice in all this????????

  • A.Clark 15th June 2010 at 11:34 am

    We carried out a Government backed scheme at our own expense- in my case approx £8000.
    May be Prescott can fight our case in his new position at the House of Lords.
    The new Government must compensate.
    It is up to your body or RICS to make sure they do.

  • anonymous 8th June 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Well lets be honest if you did not “refund” monies to estate agents you would not have lost so much!!!!

    Join the club (IFA`s / Mortgage Brokers)have you any idea how many have left our industries?
    ……..last but not least its always the same names who run the “PRO!!!!!” bodies……..make your own mind about what PRO stands for!!

  • Suhail Patel 7th June 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Please can someone tell me how i can claim my money back that i spent for nothing???

  • Tom Cleary 7th June 2010 at 3:06 pm

    The Conservative Party said that they would abolish Hips from before the day they took effect. Please don’t try to claim you didn’t know this day would come. You took a punt and lost. Move on…

  • Grey Haired Underwriter 7th June 2010 at 12:27 pm

    It never cease to amaze me just how many and how quickly various ‘representative’ bodies crop up. I love that there is already a National Association of Registered Home Inspectors and the Association of Home Information Pack Providers as well as IHI. I wonder how much Home Inspectors have to pay to these bodies for their representation?

  • Lee Wells 6th June 2010 at 7:44 pm

    I trained as a H.I in Bristol with HIT. Its a total shambles , i’m £7000 out of pocket. Legislation implemented by the goverment its disgusting and the goverment should stand up and look to repay all those people that were sold the profession ………

  • I FROMHOLD 4th June 2010 at 6:21 pm

    TO ALL HOME INSPECTORS. GET OFF THE FLOOR. WE KNOW WHO IS REALLY TO BLAME FOR THIS AND ITS NOT THE TRAINING SCHOOLS. THE FAULT LIES FAIRLY AND SQUARLEY AT THE GOVERMENT, PAST AND PRESENT. SO DUST YOURSELF OFF AND START LOBBYING YOUR MP AND EURO PARLIMENT THE MORE WE COMPLAIN THE BETTER CHANCE WE WILL HAVE GETTING SOMETHING BACK. LETS ALL JOIN TOGETHER AND GET OUR MONEY BACK. ALL THAT TRAINING……WHAT A WASTE.

  • I FROMHOLD 4th June 2010 at 2:40 pm

    TO ALL HOME INSPECTORS. GET OFF THE FLOOR. WE KNOW WHO IS REALLY TO BLAME FOR THIS AND ITS NOT THE TRAINING SCHOOLS. THE FAULT LIES FAIRLY AND SQUARLEY AT THE GOVERMENT, PAST AND PRESENT. SO DUST YOURSELF OFF AND START LOBBYING YOUR MP AND EURO PARLIMENT THE MORE WE COMPLAIN THE BETTER CHANCE WE WILL HAVE GETTING SOMETHING BACK. LETS ALL JOIN TOGETHER AND GET OUR MONEY BACK. ALL THAT TRAINING……WHAT A WASTE.

  • Paul Wheatley 29th May 2010 at 2:35 pm

    I was training with Home Inspector Training in Birmingham and now cannot finish as they have gone bust. Seems like it would be a waste of time to finish anyway. The government should compensate us all for the total waste of time money and effort that we put into what we thought was going to be a career with a future… can you imagine what would happen if they suddenly ended the careers of loads of other trades?

  • Louise Butler 26th May 2010 at 8:26 am

    I’m in the same boat, I’ve not quite finished the training as my portfolio is still being put together – only to find my training provider went into liquidatation last month… I’m now writing to my newly elected MP to see what she’s doing about it. Perhaps we ought to start a petition?

  • Andrew H 22nd May 2010 at 9:14 am

    I too would love to hear whether this can be compensated, as also stupidly wasted a large amount of money to do this training.

  • lucy namey 21st May 2010 at 7:41 pm

    I totally agree with you! My partner is 9/10th through the course and its all been a total waste of time and money. The government cant expect people to pay to train then suspend the whole thing and not offer some sort of compensation or redundancy pay! Imagine if next time a government wants to introduce a new policy (however good it is) but no one will train to do it because of what has happened here! The only winners from this have been the trainers and the government….the inspectors and home sellers have been ripped off!!

  • Leanne Weekes 20th May 2010 at 10:56 am

    I have heard this morning that HIPs have been scrapped. I am also a qualified Home Inspector and I too paid an awful lot of money (which I had to borrow) to train with HIT Training. I feel totally conned by the previous government but I am also sick of reading negative blogs from people that have no sympathy for educated hard working people that have retrained to become Home Inspectors. These people have no idea what training was involved and imply that Home Inspectors somehow deserve what has happened to them. They think that the qualification is not to a high standard, however, to all of those people I would like to say I have a degree in geography as well as this qualification, so as a degree level educated person I can tell you all that Home Inspectors are fully qualified to assess defects in residential buildings. Home Inspectors deserve compensation and I would love to hear from anyone (maybe in the legal profession) that can help us.

  • Ron Wood 23rd April 2010 at 10:40 am

    I agree totally with Colm,My daughter Terrie and I attended a meeting where an official from 2 Jags department was specifically asked if the goverment intended to drop HCR,we were told that it would need an act of parliment,on the strength of this she comepleted a course with BRE and wasted £10,000

  • Colm Whittle 29th March 2010 at 1:59 pm

    I trained as a HI with Home Inspector Training in Manchester. I borrowed a considerable amount of money to complete the training. I believe HIT were just a money generating organisation with all the add on fees we had to pay to progress were appaling. I submitted my completed portfolio 3 times only to be returned for very minor adjustments and it cost me £100 every time. Its a disgrace and I believe we should be compensated as there is no such profession. The government should pay up for their cock up.

  • Steve Frost 15th January 2010 at 2:18 pm

    I myself paid a considerable amount to train as a H.I with Home Inspector Training at Manchester. I believe we should be compensated by the government as a HCR is not required, so the work is just not available.