Officials from the Department for Communities and Local Government said that the delay became necessary after the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors applied for a judicial review over Hips and energy performance certificates - saying that they government had failed carry out a proper consultation on them.
The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) welcomed the delay: "We support energy improvement measures," CML director general Michael Coogan commented.
"But, in our view, HIPs are not a prerequisite for delivering the green agenda. With the fundamental lack of confidence that now exists in them, we urge the government to ditch the gold-plating and concentrate on better ways of delivering its objectives."
In contrast the Association of Home Information Pack Providers expressed its "utter disappointment" at the announcement - saying it came at the cost of both the "consumer and the environment".
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