long-awaited announcement of the 'go-live' date (1 June 2007
in England & Wales with Scotland to follow shortly after)
for Home Information Packs (HIPs), has been welcomed by RICS.
This will bring certainty to the market
but RICS remains convinced that success will depend upon public
confidence in those responsible for delivering the reforms.
RICS spokesperson Jeremy Leaf said:
"The announcement of the ‘go-live’ date will give certainty
to the market and is a clear call to action for the industry.
We now have a firm date to work towards, but the timeframe
is a tight one."
"By working together, industry and government have made
significant progress towards reforming the buying and selling
process, but we still have a long way to go."
"The government’s own research shows that we will need
up to 7 400 Home Inspectors to ensure the smooth introduction
of the new regime."
"However, to date, only a
handful of candidates have satisfactorily completed the Diploma
in Home Inspection, the key prerequisite for obtaining a Home
"If we are to ensure that the reforms are implemented
as smoothly and effectively as possible, we need to pull together
to deliver sufficient numbers of suitably qualified, well-regulated
and experienced practitioners who enjoy public confidence."
Source : RICS