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London, England: 17th August 2007 -- Rob Hailstone, CEO of Home Information Pack provider Hipag Services, has welcomed the Government’s announcement that three-bedroom houses will require a HIP from 10 September.

‘I believe that the Department of Communities and Local Government has got it right on this one,’ says Rob Hailstone. ‘There was some industry criticism when it announced that only four bedroom houses would need a HIP from 1 August, but a phased introduction is the right approach. Estate agents, solicitors and HIP providers have all had the chance to iron out the inevitable teething problems and get their acts together.’

Predictably, there has been criticism again from some quarters that we are only being given three weeks notice, but the serious HIP providers such as ourselves have been HIP-ready for months now. Certainly our London-based online hub and printing facilities are fully capable of handling the expected workload, and are easily scalable to meet the challenge. And when homes of one and two bedrooms – typically leasehold properties – also require HIPs, that will sort the men from the boys among HIP providers.’’

Solicitors and Estate Agents can learn more about the benefits of joining Hipag by visiting the website at www.hipag.co.uk.or by phoning 0845 375 2890.

-ENDS-

Note to Editor:

About Hipag Services Ltd

Hipag Services Ltd (www.hipag.co.uk) has been formed to assist independent estate agents and high street solicitor practices in England and Wales produce HIPs quickly and efficiently. Hipag currently has over 3,000 registered members, from Cornwall to Cumbria, who it will work in co-operation with Hipag to produce HIPs rapidly, enabling property sales to proceed without delay.

Hipag’s membership includes independent estate agents, high street solicitors , home inspectors and domestic energy assessors who will prepare the Home Condition Reports and the Energy Performance Certificate.

Hipag Services has the financial backing of the OyezStraker Group, the UK's leading independent office products and business services company with 1,500 staff and £200m turnover.

For further information visit www.hipag.co.uk or contact:

Rob Hailstone, CEO, Hipag Services
T: 020 7565 3985

Jacqui Green, Jacqui Green Marketing & PR
T: 020 7808 0113/ M: 07885 2670 349

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