RICS issues COVID-19 guidance to prepare for Scottish residential property inspections

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has issued new guidance for professionals operating in the residential market in Scotland to help them prepare for carrying out physical inspections on domestic properties.

RICS issues COVID-19 guidance to prepare for Scottish residential property inspections

The guidance is intended to enable RICS professionals and RICS regulated firms to deliver services to clients safely, consistently and in line with Scottish Government guidelines.

The Scottish Government announced relaxation on restrictions on housing moves which take effect from June 29 and will shortly be issuing revised guidance on moving home.

From Monday, all home moves are permitted in Scotland and people, organisations and businesses involved in home moving can also deliver services.

The RICS document builds on government guidelines and focuses on physical inspections where RICS members need to come into contact with people and enter private residential properties to undertake any activity required for the rental or sale of that property.

Surveyors can continue to support the housing market and home reports and other forms of surveys may continue as necessary, in accordance with government and Public Health Scotland social distancing guidelines.

Ana Bajri, associate director RICS, said: “The housing market has a significant role to play in rebooting the economy, as well as enabling people to secure a home that meets their needs, and the health and safety of those involved is the foremost priority.

“RICS professionals and regulated firms have a duty of care to ensure services can be delivered safely. RICS’ guidance builds on government guidelines and will support and protect both professionals and consumers. It will help ensure that the housing market in Scotland operates safely and securely for all those involved, and that it operates very much within a practical, and common-sense approach.

“The guidance will help create confidence amongst consumers and others involved in the housing market that inspections can be carried out safely and will help ensure that the market can operate, for the benefit of consumers, the market and the wider economy.”

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