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Industry Sigh of Relief

Submitted by: MikeC (Admin) on 01-Aug-07 08:53:24 AM

Well, after 10 years in the drafting, nigh-on 2 years in-waiting for many individuals who spent many thousands of pounds in training, millions of pounds lost, Government u-turns and the significant watering-down of legislation... the Home Information Pack (HIP) has finally limped into being.

To mark the occasion, I had Neil Kurz and Jim Gillespie - my first podcast guests - join me again to look-back on the history of HIPs and how it has affected them (Neil began training in Jan 2006; Jim, way back in 2005).

HIP Industry Messages to DEAs

In the second half of the podcast we also exchange some tips and advice on promoting DEA services to local businesses such as, estate agents, solicitors, conveyancers and mortgage brokers etc...

Throughout the podcast we also hear recorded messages of support from some of the leading industry players in the HIPs market such as HipHipHooray, LMS, SP Property Services as well as messages sent in by email.

More info and the podcast itself: HIPs are Go!


The Media is Full of HIP

Home Information Packs dominate morning TV today. Sky News (last time I looked) have been conducting one of their (revenue-raising) telephone polls which had over 80% against the launch (80% of how many though?!).

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) are also apparently still attempting to kick the very same people they have trained and accredited by claiming that the criminal background checks all Domestic Energy Assessors (DEAs) have to undergo to gain accreditation, are not adequate enough.

RICS also has concerns over a lack of rigour in criminal checks on domestic energy assessors and the number and geographical spread of energy inspectors across the country.



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