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So you wanna be a HIP Provider!

Submitted by: MikeC (Admin) on 13-Dec-07 02:07:16 AM

Peter Ambrose of The Partnership LtdPeter Ambrose - Managing Director, The Partnership Limited - exposes some of the real-world nitty-gritty challenges and pitfalls currently encountered within the HIP provision business.

Peter reveals how 75% of the work involved in providing HIPs is support-related and how a lack of knowledge surrounding the technicalities of their compilation could seriously undermine businesses providing them... particularly low-cost providers.

Listen (mp3): Peter Ambrose - The Partnership Ltd

He has strong thoughts on how the HIP should be acceptable to Solicitors and not merely meet statutory minimum requirements, reminding how the HIP is supposed to complete the bulk of the work upfront, rather than later - a problem some Solicitors (acting for buyer's) are experiencing because of incomplete or inadequate documentation.

An interesting insight into the practicalities of providing a HIP service that DEAs should not miss if they are considering entering this market.

Please note, The Partnership Ltd is no longer engaged with HIPs after they were "suspended" by the newly elected Conservative-led, LibDem coalition Government in May 2010; in keeping with a pledge made by the Conservative Party in its pre-election manifesto.


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Posts: 4
Reply #1 on : Mon December 17, 2007, 13:52:56
Recently I had email from energy assessors that from now on we will pay £45 for each EPC.I have refused doing work for them, to carry out EPC it takes at least one to one and half hour plus the travelling time and the cost of travell.Whom does EPC for £45 not doing the job properly and Organisation such as Energy Assessors are destroying HIP.There should be set payment for HI/DEA to carry out doing the job in professional manor with £45 it is impossible!!!

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Quality of HIPs and the role of the DEA
Reply #2 on : Mon December 17, 2007, 15:28:19
An excellent podcast report on the quality requirements of a HIP and the role of DEAs. Also it is important to remember that HIPs are provided for the benefit of the Buyer's solicitors to help speed up the home buying process. A good HIP must therefore pay close attention to detail for it to become an acceptable package

Well done to Peter Ambrose for keeping the quality of this debate to the forefront since HIPs were rolled out on 14 December 2007.

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Reply #3 on : Thu December 20, 2007, 10:26:19
As if there arent enough difficulties in finding work and falling prices I am finding that 2 of the panels that have sent me work are prooving to be poor payers.
Calls not returned and the old "cheque in the post" story.
This busines could well be ruined if lazy, incompetent or financially weak panels continue to issue instructions that they are not willing to pay for.
No names mentioned for now, but I like others will be publishing full details of payment problems in the future. I have nothing to loose by doing this since business has been so poor.
What other professional service provider has had to put with the the kind of rubbish that we DEAs
have suffered this last 6 monthes

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