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Home Information Packs

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent on the marketing and advertising campaign to promote home information packs and energy performance certificates in the South West Government Office Region; and if she will make a statement. (151588)

By the end of September 2007 the Department will have spent in the order of £169,800 on the publicity and advertising campaign promoting home information packs and energy performance certificates in the south west of England.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many home condition reports have been uploaded to the home condition report database. (152543)

Between 6 November 2006 and 16 September 2007, 1,574 home condition reports have been lodged in the home condition report register.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government why energy performance certificates will be valid for 10 years for properties for rent but not for properties for sale. (155684)

We will shortly consult on the appropriate age for an energy performance certificate (EPC).

Homeowners want up-to-date information on what is likely to be one of the most important purchases of their lives. Once they move in they are more likely than tenants to invest in the property especially in the first year after buying. So it is important that they have recent information at their disposal which is why we are proposing EPCs on properties for sale are no more than one year old.

For tenants the EPC plays a different role. Renters are less likely to invest in the property they live in. That is why the current proposal is for the maximum life of an EPC for rented properties to be 10 years.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she expects home information packs to cost more for (a) four bedroom homes and (b) three bedroom homes than the figures stated previously for an average pack. (155711)

The price of a home information pack is be set by the market, not by Government. A number of home information pack providers are charging a standard rate for all properties regardless of size and location.

The only new cost to the home buying and selling process is the EPC which is providing valuable energy information for the first time and many local authorities have reduced their search charges.