Housing

Home Information Packs

A Home Information Pack (HIP) is now required for most homes put on the market with vacant possession on or after 14 December 2007.

Anyone marketing a home for sale in England and Wales, whether they are an estate agent or auctioneer, a housing developer, or a private individual is responsible for ensuring that a HIP is in place and made available to potential buyers.

As of 6 April 2009, changes were made to Home Information Packs to improve their quality and content and ensure the information is available from the first day a property is put up for sale.

To help property professionals and buyers and sellers prepare for these changes we produced two leaflets:

Home Information Packs (HIPs) were introduced from 1 August 2007 to provide more information about a property at the start of the process, in order to help people make informed decisions about viewing or making an offer to buy a home.

HIPs are designed to bring information upfront to increase certainty and inform buyers about a property before they incur costs. Informed choice by buyers at the start of the process will help reduce delays later on and reduce wasted time for sellers.

The documents required to be in the HIP are:

  • Index
  • Property Information Questionnaire
  • Energy Performance Certificate/Predicted Energy Assessment
  • Sustainability information (new homes only)
  • Sale statement
  • Evidence of title
  • Standard searches
  • Lease (where appropriate)

Further information

If you are involved in the property industry further information about Home Information Packs is available at: www.businesslink.gov.uk/homeinformationpacks (external link).

If you are looking to sell or buy a home and need more information about HIPs please visit the Directgov website at www.direct.gov.uk/HIPs (external link).

Contact us

Home Buying and Selling Unit
Communities and Local Government
5th Floor
Eland House
Bressenden Place
London
SW1E 5DU

Telephone: 030 3444 0000

email: contactus@communities.gsi.gov.uk  

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