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  • Telecoms valuation checklist

    While the principles of valuing a telecoms installation are no different from valuing any other lease, the valuer needs to understand the issues in the specialist market.

    Two versions of the checklist are provided, one that applies under the old regime (the 1984 Telecommunications Code) and one that applies under the new (the 2017 Code). The threshold for deciding which applies is the date of the agreement - whether it is before, or after 28 December 2017.

    Fundamental to the process is to determine whether you are valuing for the lessor or lessee, and for what purpose. The most common situations for a telecoms valuer will be valuing a site for sale, valuing a business in liquidation and specialist telecoms valuations.

    The telecoms market is so specialist that it is vital to consider the individual circumstances that prevail on the site or sites that are being valued. In some instances, it is impossible to avoid setting new principles that will be used by others as precedents.

    The valuer needs a sound understanding of the current market, operators and landlords, along with an up-to-date knowledge of legislation, guidelines and best practice.

    This checklist is provided as a sample only. It is the user’s responsibility to check and adapt this as necessary to suit the particular instruction and prevailing circumstances.

  • Contamination and environmental matters: property observation checklists

    These property observation checklists from the RICS guidance note Contamination, the environment and sustainability: Implications for chartered surveyors and their clients. They can form the basis for research, and for compiling a record of methodical inspection.

    These checklists are provided as a sample only. It is the user's responsibility to check and adapt them as necessary to suit the particular instruction and prevailing circumstances.

  • Valuation of rural property

    This guidance note applies to rural property in the UK only. For the purposes of this guidance, rural property means commercial farms and farmland, all forms of rural landed estates and residential property in the countryside with land attached.

    This guidance is primarily intended to remind registered valuers of matters that should be considered when completing a valuation of rural property. It is not intended as a substitute for training and experience or a short cut to meeting the requirements of the various applicable RICS professional standards. It may also be of use to clients in understanding the work and role of the rural property valuer and assist in arriving at properly agreed instructions.

  • Valuation of trees for amenity and related non-timber uses (ARCHIVED)

    This guidance note is designed to assist the valuer in dealing with some of the issues that arise when dealing with the presence of trees as part of a property or as separate entities.

    This document is no longer current but can be referred to as information. If you have trouble accessing it please email library@rics.org

  • Impact of peripheral urban land acquisition on indigenous communities' livelihood and environment around Uluguru mountains, Tanzania (RICS)

    Published November 2008

    This report looks at the impact of peripheral urban land acquisition on indigenous communities' livelihood and environment around the Uluguru Mountains in Morogoro, Tanzania. It was carried out in four wards in Morogoro Municipality, Tanzania between April and September 2008.

    This research has shown that land is increasingly becoming a market commodity in Morogoro Municipality and its market value is rapidly appreciating, resulting in stiff competition for the resource. Land speculation in the municipality is increasing, although there are minimal government efforts to discourage this activity, which has resulted in prices increasing beyond the reach of the majority of the local population.

  • Valuation of woodlands

    The UK's 2.8 million hectares of woodlands and forests are made up of a wide range of woodland types, ages and sizes. They are also subject to different types of legal tenure and varying constraints and liabilities.

    The aim of this guidance note is to assist the valuer in highlighting the main factors that impact on the market value of woodlands, and to outline the valuation process and approaches.

  • Managing organisational change (ARCHIVED)

    These papers are aimed at surveyors who are assisting clients with organisational change or are re-organising their own professional practice.

    These documents are no longer current but can be referred to as information. If you have trouble accessing it please email library@rics.org

  • An overview and comparison of dispute resolution processes in the UK (ARCHIVED)

    This information paper is out of date and is held on isurv for information purposes only.

    There are many different dispute resolution processes in the UK, the idea being that all of them strive to meet these aims in different ways. However, 'one size does not fit all', and selecting the wrong process can result in the opposite outcome; an unacceptable result in the longest possible time, with the greatest possible expense and maximum stress on the participants. The purpose of this paper is therefore to give an accurate, non-legalistic and user-friendly overview of the main dispute resolution processes available to the property, land and built environment sectors in the UK. This should assist users in selecting the most suitable dispute resolution process for their particular dispute.

  • Surveying safely

    Appropriate management of health and safety is a requirement for all RICS-regulated firms and RICS members, including property-related businesses. The requirement for such management has been put in place in many countries across the globe and across industry sectors and governmental organisations in order to protect individuals from harm.

    This guidance note sets out basic, good practice principles for the management of health and safety for RICS-regulated firms and RICS members. It sets out principles for those engaged in the built environment as property professionals and includes health and safety responsibilities:

    • at a corporate level (whether the RICS-regulated firm is large or small); and
    • at the level of the individual RICS member.

    It covers property-related businesses and identifies the moral, ethical and practical issues that confront RICS-regulated firms and RICS members everywhere, in all the work that they undertake.

    The second edition came into effect on 1 February 2019.

  • Mining Waste Directive 2006/21/EC (ARCHIVED)

    This information paper is now out of date and is held on isurv for information purposes only.

    This information paper was intended to explain the background to the MWD and give a broad overview of its implementation in England and Wales. It should not be relied upon as an interpretation of the law.

  • Conflicts of interest for members acting as dispute resolvers (UK)

    This guidance note covers the appointment of surveyors as arbitrators, independent experts, mediators, adjudicators and other dispute resolvers.

    Surveyors may be appointed as dispute resolvers either by private agreement between the parties in dispute, or via RICS or other formal appointing parties, such as the Law Society or the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

    The aim of this 2nd edition guidance note is to provide advice on dealing with possible conflicts of interest to surveyors who are appointed to resolve disputes. It also helps all parties involved in a dispute to understand the main principles and considerations, and to be aware of when an involvement may develop into a conflict of interest.

    This 2nd edition guidance note is effective from 1 February 2021.

  • Farm stocktaking valuations

    Farm stocktaking valuations are required to assess the closing stock value, and thereby the proper profits or losses of a farming business, for inclusion in financial statements.

    The aim of this guidance note is to assist professionals providing farm stocktaking valuations to correctly confirm instructions and prepare reports to clients that are Red Book-compliant, so as to ensure the highest standards of professionalism and clarity.

  • TUPE: information for property managers (ARCHIVED)

    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.

    The purpose of TUPE is to provide employment protection on the transfer of a business from one individual to another or a change in responsibility for a contracted out service. In applying it, employment tribunals generally adopt what they call a ‘purposive’ approach, which effectively means they interpret TUPE to protect employees in line with the social objectives of the European ARD.

    This document is no longer current but can be referred to as information. If you have trouble accessing it please email library@rics.org

  • Valuation of land for affordable housing Scotland

    In Scotland, a valuation of land for affordable housing can be required for several reasons, including: advice for loan security, acquisition, sale, evaluation of options, planning purposes, compulsory purchase, taxation and development appraisal for grant purposes.

    This guidance note 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.

  • An investigation into the relationship between land administration and economic development (RICS)

    Published June 2013

    This research undertaken by the University of Reading’s Henley Business School investigated the relationship between land administration and economic development.

    In this research, the national land titling programme of Thailand was studied as a successful example of this process and the surveying settlement programme in Bangladesh was selected as a detailed comparative case study of a village in the Gharinda Union.

  • Successful business diversification for surveyors

    Whatever your own situation may be, there has rarely been a more appropriate time to consider the future. Recent government-led initiatives look set to rejuvenate the dormant UK housing market; major infrastructure projects are in the pipeline (even if the specifics are yet to be finalised); and ‘green’ investment is once again grabbing the headlines.

    This knowledge paper aims to be a source of comfort to the worried and an inspiration to those who are tempted by the challenge. It offers general guidance, proof that diversification can be beneficial both financially and professionally, and links to further information.

  • Farm Business Tenancy Agreements 2014 (ARCHIVED)

    These previous 2014 Agreements are now out of print and on isurv for information purposes only.

  • BIM for beginners

    The built environment sector is full of debate about BIM. In these times it is crucial to be clear on the current and future state of BIM.

    This document is based on key points from the RICS guidance note 'International BIM implementation guide'. It gives a brief introduction to BIM for those who have yet to work with it. It looks at:

    - what BIM is;
    - the technology behind BIM;
    - how BIM is used in project delivery; and
    - the implications of BIM on organisations.

  • RICS property measurement

    RICS property measurement comprises the following two elements:

    1. Professional statement: property measurement
    a) Application of this professional statement
    b) Technical definitions
    c) IPMS: Office Buildings, as applied under the professional statement
    d) IPMS: Residential Buildings as applied under the professional statement (applies to office measurements and residential measurements only – download these below).

    2. RICS IPMS data standard
    This document reflects the IPMS standards (IPMS: Office Buildings and IPMS: Residential) and will be updated over time to comply with other IPMS standards, including industrial, retail and mixed use, as they are published.

    For all building classes except offices and residential buildings, the bases of measurement contained within the Code of measuring practice, 6th edition (COMP) may still apply though the application of this professional statement applies to all building classes. The COMP was effective globally from 18 May 2015, though early adoption of IPMS is recommended on publication of the new standards.

    Software developers and those requiring the use of structured data are advised to follow the schemas as defined, and those wishing to pursue RICS software certification must demonstrate compliance with this data standard. This data standard is an XML schema and is available to download.

    A user guide to the standard, intended for implementers, is available for download. For more information please email datastandards@rics.org.

    RICS property measurement 2nd edition: Basis of conclusions
    The public consultation on RICS property measurement, 2nd edition was open between 1 May and 31 July 2017.

    Over 42 responses on single or multiple points were received from individuals, firms and other organisations containing some very constructive observations and suggestions. This document focuses not only on the more significant changes made, but also on several minor textual refinements put forward by commentators, which improve the overall clarity.

  • Planning tools for strategic management of peri-urban food production (RICS)

    Published September 2016

    Using Sydney as a case study, this report aims to develop an understanding of what best practice looks for land-use planning on the urban fringe.

    RICS research content is available to everyone, free of charge on the RICS website. Non-members will need to register. RICS members and registered non-members will need to login to see the particular research items. See also the full list of RICS research held on rics.org

  • Terms of engagement: rural estate management services

    This guidance note explains matters which should be considered by the Agent and the Client in order to complete the Model Agreement for the provision of rural estate management services.

  • Conacre Licence Agreement

    Conacre is a system of letting agricultural land that is unique to Ireland. The current use of 'conacre' originated with the Land Acts of the mid-nineteenth century.

    Today the term is used to reflect the system where landowners who wish to retain their land but not farm it can licence the land to another farmer, usually for a period of eleven months.

    Under the latest reform to the EU Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) entitlements to be issued under the new support regime must be allocated to the person ‘enjoying the decision making power, the benefits and the financial risks in relation to agricultural activity being carried out on the land for which an allocation is requested’. This will have a significant impact on land let in conacre.

    This fifth edition of the RICS Model Conacre Licence Agreement has been updated in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (DARD) to reflect changes to entitlements and eligible land in 2015 under CAP reform. The agreement can be used to support the introduction of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and Areas of Natural Constraint payments. It is intended that it can be used freely as a framework for a practitioner’s own agreement or used as it is.

  • Conflicts of interest – global

    RICS Rules of Conduct set an overarching obligation on both members and RICS regulated firms at all times to: ‘…act with integrity and avoid conflicts of interest and avoid any actions or situations that are inconsistent with its professional obligations.’

    Effective identification and management of conflicts of interest is a challenging but essential component of professionalism.

    In March 2017, RICS released this global professional statement giving RICS professionals a number of months to familiarise themselves with the new rules. Following industry feedback, the following additional commentary notes have been added to provide clarification:

    *Competing bidders
    *Effective date / transition
    *Conflicts arising during professional assignments
    *Passing confidential information to insurers and legal advisers

    This professional statement, which supports the RICS Rules of Conduct, also places an overarching mandatory requirement on all RICS members and regulated firms and specifies RICS’ expectations of how compliance with the Rules of Conduct should be achieved.

    This document takes effect from 1 January 2018 and is in 3 parts. Parts 2 and 3 contain guidance, and should be read in conjunction with the mandatory requirements in Part 1.

    See also the press release for this publication at http://www.rics.org/news/news-insight/press-releases/rics-unveils-plans-to-get-tough-on-conflicts-of-interest/

    A professional statement was published in May 2017 to deal with UK-specific issues in the commercial property market, Conflicts of interest: UK commercial property market investment agency, 1st edition, available at http://isurv.com/site/scripts/download_info.aspx?downloadID=2158

  • Surveyors advising in respect of compulsory purchase and statutory compensation, UK

    This professional statement applies when you provide advice regarding property interests in the UK that relates to the seeking or use of compulsory purchase or other statutory powers by or against your client, or where the seeking or use of such powers is contemplated. It also applies when you are advising a body that is relying on or seeking to rely on another body to seek or use compulsory purchase or other statutory powers to assist with a project.

    This document derives from the 2012 guidance note The Calculation of Surveyors’ Fees Relating to the Exercise of Statutory Powers in Connection with Land and Property (1st edition), for Scotland. Both this professional statement and the Appendix supersede the 2014 guidance note The calculation of surveyors’ fees relating to the exercise of statutory powers in connection with land and property (1st edition), for Scotland.

  • Conflicts of interest: UK commercial property market investment agency

    This professional statement provides RICS members and RICS regulated firms with mandatory requirements when acting on the open market sale or acquisition of a commercial investment real estate opportunity in the UK in order to avoid conflicts of interest prejudicial to their clients’ best interests.

    It covers:
    - Introduction, effective date and application in the UK
    - Dual agency, including related firms
    - Multiple introductions
    - Incremental advice

    See also the global professional statement, Conflicts of interest at http://isurv.com/site/scripts/download_info.aspx?downloadID=2140

  • Rural arbitration

    This guidance note is designed to assist rural chartered surveyors who are appointed to act in arbitrations dealing with rural assets and property, whether as advocates, experts or the arbitrator.

  • Conflicts of interest (German translation)

    RICS Rules of Conduct set an overarching obligation on both members and RICS regulated firms at all times to: ‘…act with integrity and avoid conflicts of interest and avoid any actions or situations that are inconsistent with its professional obligations.’

    Effective identification and management of conflicts of interest is a challenging but essential component of professionalism.

    This professional statement, which supports the RICS Rules of Conduct, also places an overarching mandatory requirement on all RICS members and regulated firms and specifies RICS’ expectations of how compliance with the Rules of Conduct should be achieved.

    This document takes effect from 1 January 2018 and is in 3 parts:
    1 The RICS professional statement on Conflicts of Interest and Confidentiality sets out RICS’ mandatory rules in this area. This section also contains the definitions used in the professional statement.
    2 Commentary: ’General commentary notes’ set out principles as to how RICS expects regulated firms and members to apply the professional statement.
    3 Commentary: ‘Supplementary commentary notes’ give guidance on how members and regulated firms can meet the obligations set out in Part 1.

    Parts 2 and 3 contain guidance, and should be read in conjunction with the mandatory requirements in Part 1.

  • RICS/RAU Rural Land Market Survey and Land Prices 2017

    The RICS/RAU Rural Land Market Survey is the leading survey on demand, supply and prices in the farmland market. The RICS/RAU Farmland Market Directory of Land Prices was launched by our Rural Professional Group after the Farmland Market ceased publication.

    H1 covers January to June; H2 covers July to December.

  • Conflicts of interest (Italian translation)

    RICS Rules of Conduct set an overarching obligation on both members and RICS regulated firms at all times to: ‘…act with integrity and avoid conflicts of interest and avoid any actions or situations that are inconsistent with its professional obligations.’

    Effective identification and management of conflicts of interest is a challenging but essential component of professionalism.

    This professional statement, which supports the RICS Rules of Conduct, also places an overarching mandatory requirement on all RICS members and regulated firms and specifies RICS’ expectations of how compliance with the Rules of Conduct should be achieved.

    This document takes effect from 1 January 2018 and is in 3 parts:
    1 The RICS professional statement on Conflicts of Interest and Confidentiality sets out RICS’ mandatory rules in this area. This section also contains the definitions used in the professional statement.
    2 Commentary: ’General commentary notes’ set out principles as to how RICS expects regulated firms and members to apply the professional statement.
    3 Commentary: ‘Supplementary commentary notes’ give guidance on how members and regulated firms can meet the obligations set out in Part 1.

    Parts 2 and 3 contain guidance, and should be read in conjunction with the mandatory requirements in Part 1.

  • Conflicts of interest (Spanish translation)

    RICS Rules of Conduct set an overarching obligation on both members and RICS regulated firms at all times to: ‘…act with integrity and avoid conflicts of interest and avoid any actions or situations that are inconsistent with its professional obligations.’

    Effective identification and management of conflicts of interest is a challenging but essential component of professionalism.

    This professional statement, which supports the RICS Rules of Conduct, also places an overarching mandatory requirement on all RICS members and regulated firms and specifies RICS’ expectations of how compliance with the Rules of Conduct should be achieved.

    This document takes effect from 1 January 2018 and is in 3 parts:
    1 The RICS professional statement on Conflicts of Interest and Confidentiality sets out RICS’ mandatory rules in this area. This section also contains the definitions used in the professional statement.
    2 Commentary: ’General commentary notes’ set out principles as to how RICS expects regulated firms and members to apply the professional statement.
    3 Commentary: ‘Supplementary commentary notes’ give guidance on how members and regulated firms can meet the obligations set out in Part 1.

    Parts 2 and 3 contain guidance, and should be read in conjunction with the mandatory requirements in Part 1.

  • Regenerative landscapes (RICS)

    Published March 2018

    Ecosystem damage over the last 50 years of the 20th century was greater than in any comparable period of human history, with estimates that the demands of contemporary global society effectively consume 1.5 ‘Planet Earths’. There is a pressing need to use landscapes and other ecosystems in more sustainable and integrated ways.

    This regenerative landscapes report highlights the need and the means for rebuilding carrying capacity across rural, urban and other cultural landscapes, with a significant emphasis on water.

    • RICS: Regenerative landscapes
      • File type: ORG/UK/KNOWLEDGE/RESEARCH/RESEARCH-REPORTS/REGENERATIVE-LANDSCAPES-REJUVINATION-OF-LINKED-LIVELIHOODS-AND-CATCHMENT-ECOSYSTEM-SERVICES/
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  • Environmental risks and global real estate

    Both in real terms and in the growth of legislation, environmental considerations affect real estate in all sectors. Increasingly there are implications for how we buy, sell, use and value real estate.

    This 1st edition guidance note is aimed principally at the land and property acquisition, disposal and asset management stages of the property life cycle. It aims to provide guidance to chartered surveyors who are not specialists in environmental considerations and management or in the preparation of environmental reports including Land Quality Statements and Environmental Screening Reports.

  • Conflicts of interest (Simplified Chinese translation)

    RICS Rules of Conduct set an overarching obligation on both members and RICS regulated firms at all times to: ‘…act with integrity and avoid conflicts of interest and avoid any actions or situations that are inconsistent with its professional obligations.’

    Effective identification and management of conflicts of interest is a challenging but essential component of professionalism.

    This professional statement, which supports the RICS Rules of Conduct, also places an overarching mandatory requirement on all RICS members and regulated firms and specifies RICS’ expectations of how compliance with the Rules of Conduct should be achieved.

    This document takes effect from 1 January 2018 and is in 3 parts:
    1 The RICS professional statement on Conflicts of Interest and Confidentiality sets out RICS’ mandatory rules in this area. This section also contains the definitions used in the professional statement.
    2 Commentary: ’General commentary notes’ set out principles as to how RICS expects regulated firms and members to apply the professional statement.
    3 Commentary: ‘Supplementary commentary notes’ give guidance on how members and regulated firms can meet the obligations set out in Part 1.

    Parts 2 and 3 contain guidance, and should be read in conjunction with the mandatory requirements in Part 1.

    Published in January 2019. Republished in March 2019 for essential corrections to the translation.

  • RICS/RAU Rural Land Market Survey and Land Prices 2018

    The RICS/RAU Rural Land Market Survey is the leading survey on demand, supply and prices in the farmland market. The RICS/RAU Farmland Market Directory of Land Prices was launched by our Rural Professional Group after the Farmland Market ceased publication.

    H1 covers January to June; H2 covers July to December.

  • RICS/RAU Farmland Market Directory of Land Prices 2017

    The RICS/RAU Farmland Market Directory of Land Prices was launched by our Rural Professional Group after the Farmland Market ceased publication.

    H1 covers January to June; H2 covers July to December.

  • RICS/RAU Farmland Market Directory of Land Prices 2018

    The RICS/RAU Farmland Market Directory of Land Prices was launched by our Rural Professional Group after the Farmland Market ceased publication.

    H1 covers January to June; H2 covers July to December.

  • Conflicts of interest (Polish translation)

    RICS Rules of Conduct set an overarching obligation on both members and RICS regulated firms at all times to: ‘…act with integrity and avoid conflicts of interest and avoid any actions or situations that are inconsistent with its professional obligations.’

    Effective identification and management of conflicts of interest is a challenging but essential component of professionalism.

    In March 2017, RICS released this global professional statement giving RICS professionals a number of months to familiarise themselves with the new rules. Following industry feedback, the following additional commentary notes have been added to provide clarification:

    *Competing bidders
    *Effective date / transition
    *Conflicts arising during professional assignments
    *Passing confidential information to insurers and legal advisers

    This professional statement, which supports the RICS Rules of Conduct, also places an overarching mandatory requirement on all RICS members and regulated firms and specifies RICS’ expectations of how compliance with the Rules of Conduct should be achieved.

    This document takes effect from 1 January 2018 and is in 3 parts. Parts 2 and 3 contain guidance, and should be read in conjunction with the mandatory requirements in Part 1.

    See also the press release for this publication at http://www.rics.org/news/news-insight/press-releases/rics-unveils-plans-to-get-tough-on-conflicts-of-interest/

    A professional statement was published in May 2017 to deal with UK-specific issues in the commercial property market, Conflicts of interest: UK commercial property market investment agency, 1st edition, available at http://isurv.com/site/scripts/download_info.aspx?downloadID=2158

  • JSON files

    The JSON files contain:
    • rics-1.0.json – complete schema with types and enumerations for IPMS, ICMS and the zAL address standard;
    • ipms-example-2.1.json – example IPMS data file; and
    • icms-example-1.1.json – example ICMS data file.

  • XML files

    The XML files contain
    • rics-ipms-2.1.xsd – top level schema for IPMS;
    • rics-icms-1.1.xsd – top level schema for ICMS;
    • rics-common-types-2.1.xsd – definition of types shared by IPMS and ICMS;
    • rics-common-enums-2.1.xsd – definition of enumerations shared by IPMS and ICMS;
    • xAL-2.0.xsd – schema for xAL address standard;
    • ipms-example-2.1.xml – example IPMS data file; and
    • icms-example-1.1.xml – example ICMS data file.

  • IPMS RICS data standard

    A guide to the IPMS RICS data standard in PDF format.

  • IPMS RICS schema

    Complete documentation of the schema, types and enumerations in PDF format.

  • ICMS RICS data standard

    A guide to the ICMS RICS data standard in PDF format.

  • ICMS RICS schema

    Complete documentation of the schema, types and enumerations in PDF format.

  • Beyond COVID-19: Reopening of commercial buildings

    This document has global applicability and is designed to give support and advice on the preparations and considerations for the reopening of commercial buildings once pandemic lockdown restrictions are lifted.

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