The Home Information Pack team of the Department for Communities and Local Government has warned that some HIP providers are using what are called 'register views' of the property plan in their HIPs, instead of the ‘official copy’. The Department warns that the register view is not sufficient evidence of the plan of the property shown in the documents of title. Including it in the HIP instead of the official copy is a breach of the regulations relating to HIPs.
They warn that official copies are required as these are encrypted documents that the Land Registry will stand by – for example if there are any errors in the register – and are therefore acceptable during the conveyancing process. Although the information they contain is similar, register views have no such status. The official copy is required under the HIP regulations.