The requirement for a HIP has been suspended, but an EPC is still required.
The new coalition government announced on 20 May 2010 that the requirement to have a HIP was suspended with effect from midnight on 20 May.
The obligation to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a requirement of EU law and so will remain but it will only be necessary to have commissioned an energy performance certificate to be prepared before marketing a property rather than actually be in possession of one. An EPC certificate provides ‘A’ to ‘G’ ratings for the building, with ‘A’ being the most energy efficient and ‘G’ being the least, with the average up to now being ‘D’. They give information about insulation, boilers and the nature of the lightbulbs. They come with a report which suggests improvements to make a building more energy efficient.
The obligations have been suspended under S162 of the Housing Act 2004 but primary legislation is pending. Full abolition of HIPs will require repeal of Part 5 of the Housing Act 2004.