Guidance notes provide advice to practitioners on all aspects of the profession. Where procedures are recommended for specific professional tasks, these documents are intended to embody 'best practice'.
All practitioners must inform themselves of new and updated guidance notes within a reasonable time of their promulgation in order to remain professionally competent. When an allegation of professional negligence is made against a surveyor, the court is likely to take into account any relevant guidance notes published by RICS in deciding whether or not the surveyor acted with reasonable competence.
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27 Mar 2015
This guidance note covers commercial multi-let property where there is a service charge. It deals with the handover of financial and supplier information between owners and/ or managers.Superseding the previous information paper of the same name (published in 2011), this guidance note is aimed at property owners and managers and their legal advisers. Its intention is to set out a series of procedures which will apply during any handover period in order to improve the quality of service to the industry’s customers.
07 Jul 2016
The purpose of this guidance note is to provide residential surveyors and valuers with information to assist in handling complaints and direct them towards more detailed guidance from RICS.
20 May 2015
This guidance note covers the valuation of intellectual property (IP), a subset of intangible assets. Its purpose is to expand on the IVS 2013 and the Red Book in order to clarify the legal, functional and economic characteristics of IP valuers should consider and report on in an IP valuation.
04 Nov 2013
This guidance note draws valuers' attention to the need for particular care when undertaking valuation work on which various EU directives and regulations may impact.
08 Dec 2016
This guidance note draws professionals’ attention to specific issues that arise in farm stocktaking valuations, for inclusion in financial statements that are prepared in accordance with UK GAAP.
28 Jan 2016
This guidance note sets out practical guidance around the health and safety management of most types and configurations of residential properties.
19 Aug 2015
The purpose of this guidance note is to assist the valuer in the provision of leasehold reform valuation advice whether they are acting for the freeholder (landlord), intermediate landlord or tenant.
21 Jan 2013
This guidance note is of interest to surveyors dealing with tenant applications to make alterations at office and industrial properties in England and Wales.
26 Sep 2012
This guidance addresses the issue of managing mixed use buildings and estates, i.e. those with a mix of commercial and residential units; most specifically, long leasehold residential flats.
24 Nov 2014
This guidance note is intended for surveyors advising clients in relation to a dispute and gives guidance on when mediation should be considered, how it works, the benefits of mediating over litigating, and the consequences if parties do not mediate.
12 Apr 2017
This guidance note provides an outline of the rating appeal system in England and Wales, describing the various processes involved in making a proposal to alter a rating list.
23 Mar 2016
Produced by a cross-professional group specialist panel of associate and chartered surveyors, this guidance deals with easements known as rights of light and outlines current best practice for surveyors in this field.
01 Dec 2014
This is the second edition of the RICS guidance note Selling Personal Property at Auction.
14 Mar 2013
Based on law and practice in Scotland, this publication offers guidance to members acting as adjudicators to disputes relating to works carried out under construction contracts.
11 Apr 2013
Assists those appointed to act as arbitrator or as independent expert, and the parties themselves, by making them aware of the procedures likely to be followed.
27 Aug 2014
This guidance note is designed primarily to assist those who are appointed to act as arbitrator, either by the Chairman of RICS Scotland, or directly by the parties to a dispute.
18 Feb 2014
Designed primarily to assist those appointed either by the president of RICS, or directly by the parties to a dispute, to act as an independent expert to determine their dispute.
15 Jan 2015
This guidance note is designed primarily to assist those who are appointed either by the chairman of RICS Scotland, or directly by the parties to a dispute, to act as an independent expert to determine their dispute.
03 Oct 2013
Encompasses the wide range of physical, social, environmental and economic factors relating to sustainability that can impact on value of which valuers should be aware.
17 Dec 2015
Provides guidance for surveyors and other professionals likely to encounter cases of mundic in the south west of England. It outlines a rationale for the classification of samples to help lenders distinguish between those properties accepted as mortgageable and those that are not. It also details developments in the testing of concrete samples for evidence of mundic.
07 Feb 2013
Aims to inform the valuer’s approach to the valuation of land for sites in Scotland where there is a requirement to provide affordable housing or where the provider of affordable housing is seeking grant finance from the Scottish government.
21 Apr 2016
This guidance note is a global revision of the first edition guidance note published in 2011. It identifies additional matters that valuers need to take into account when valuing natural resource wasting assets, such as mineral deposits, landfill and waste disposal sites.
18 May 2016
Provides a clear, flexible framework for practitioners to develop their own services the public can trust, consistent with the quality standards expected from RICS members.
This publication is divided into three parts: a guidance note that focuses on high level FM strategy; a look at management functions; and appendices providing background information.
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