Blue Book 4th edition - October 2010 (ARCHIVED)
This edition has been superseded and is on isurv for information purposes only.
The RICS Residential property standards (the 'Blue Book') have the same status as an RICS guidance note and follow the workflow of an estate agent to set out mandatory requirements and recommended best practice guidelines.
This 4th edition of the Blue Book (published October 2010) is based around the principles of the Property Standards Board Consumer Charter for Residential Property Transactions. Part 1 explains the principles underpinning the Charter and Part II provides guidance to assist estate agents in complying with the principles in all aspects of their work.
These standards provide a summary of the relevant legislation which is expressed in terms applying to England and Wales. As a result, there are some generalisations. Those who require greater detail and/or terminology relevant to Scotland will need to refer to the Estate Agents Act 1979, the Property Misdescriptions Act 1991 and the regulations and orders themselves.