14 Nov

Ahipp defends Hips for small homes

Ahipp defends Hips for small homes

The Association of Home Information Pack Providers (Ahipp) has moved to counter criticism of Home Information Packs from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics).

Earlier this week, Rics said that the introduction of Hips on one and two-bedroom properties would make it more difficult for first time buyers to get a foot on the housing ladder.

However, Paul Broadhead, deputy director general of Ahipp today said that Rics comments were without foundation.

He said: "The latest Hip allegations from Rics appear to have disregarded the many benefits that the packs will offer first-time buyers - the most vulnerable of buying groups.

"With more information upfront and the costs incurred in gathering and providing information such as searches transferred to the seller, first-time buyers will find their first step onto the housing ladder a more affordable and more informed one."

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