Our standards and guidance cover all areas of surveying practice and embody best practice. They fall into the following categories: professional statements, practice statements, codes of practice, guidance notes and information papers.
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Members should note that when an allegation of professional negligence is made against a surveyor, the court is likely to take into account the contents of any relevant professional guidance published by RICS in deciding whether or not the surveyor has acted with reasonable competence.
Outdated guidance is archived, however you can still obtain a reference copy by contacting our library.
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27 May 2016
This Code, now in its third edition, has been approved by the Secretary of State and is effective from 1 June 2016. It applies only to residential leasehold properties in England but practitioners operating in other parts of the UK are encouraged to follow the best practice guidelines contained in the Code.
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.
12 Aug 2009
This paper addresses new developments where service charge apportionment strategy can be constructed simultaneously with the lease documentation.
26 Nov 2012
Deals with the application of GN 2 to the valuation of fuel stations, including fuel stations allied to convenience stores (c-stores) or part of more complex properties.
17 Jul 2012
Considers the approach for the capital and rental valuation of hotels, commenting on the different valuation methodologies and the practical approach to the assembly and interpretation of relevant information for this purpose.
14 May 1997
Through worked examples, this paper assists valuers in understanding valuation methods relating to commercial investment property.
14 Feb 2009
This paper outlines the principal issues surrounding duty of care deeds.
02 Feb 2009
Written to assist property managers in actively managing risk, this paper explores the principles of liability under English law and how such principles relate to property management contracts.
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.
27 Aug 2010
This guidance focuses on discounted cash flow valuation in the particular context of commercial property investments.
01 Dec 2014
This is the second edition of the RICS guidance note Selling Personal Property at Auction.
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.
03 Dec 2009
Offers guidance to those appointed as arbitrators or independent experts in order to determine a dispute on a lease renewal under PACT.
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.
09 Feb 2009
This information paper examines issues relating to the apportionment of service charges where a tenant makes alterations to a commercial property.
04 Feb 2014
Considers sinking funds, reserve funds and depreciation charges in the context of commercial property.
18 Mar 2014
TUPE stands for The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006. New regulations to update TUPE 2006 came into force on 31 January 2014 under The Collective Redundancies and Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (Amendment) Regulations 2014. TUPE provides employment protection on the transfer of a business from one individual to another or a change in responsibility for a contracted out service.
17 Aug 2016
This professional statement applies to all RICS members involved with the sale, letting, leasing and management of real estate, whatever the form of tenure by which it is held or occupied.
12 Oct 2016
This professional statement applies to the management of both commercial and residential real estate.
17 Nov 2010
Written to apply to England and Wales, though with relevance elsewhere, this note provides guidance for surveyors on conducting commercial and industrial property surveys.
17 Dec 2010
Written in relation to property in England and Wales, this note offers detailed guidance on the capital and rental valuation of public houses, bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
15 Apr 2011
This note offers practical guidance for members in England and Wales who undertake the role of contract administrator.
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