January 4, 2024 at 3:57 pm #1987David Wheeler MISVAParticipant
I have been instructed to conduct a Level 3 Building Survey but have now received a copy of the Clients mortgage valuation report which called for a report from a structural engineer or a chartered building surveyor.
Is there such a thing as a Chartered Building Surveyor any more? I qualified as a General Practice Surveyor but have specialised in Building Survey work for almost 35 years. Is that sufficient to call me a Building Surveyor or is there still a specific designation?January 4, 2024 at 4:16 pm #1988Paul R E Dyer FISVAParticipant
Yes there is a Chartered Building Survey and there is a different APC route, although General Practitioners carry out fairly similar work to CBS, CBS’s are really a mixture of QS and GP.
If the mortgage Valuer has requested a CBS or Structural Engineer then only a CBS should carry this out. (Otherwise check with the lender beforehand to see if they will accept your report.)January 4, 2024 at 4:19 pm #1989AC SurveysParticipant
Glad I read the comments, because I can confirm what Paul Dyer said!
Also RICS Regulation Department can get really cross if you use the Wrong Designation! Be warned!January 4, 2024 at 11:02 pm #1990John Gearing FISVAParticipant
More to the point does the Mortgage Company seeking the Report know the difference between a CBS a GP Surveyor or a Structural Engineer – I suspect not causing confusion all round and a GP Surveyor with 35 years experience unable to take the job on. Outrageous. I feel your pain David.January 5, 2024 at 10:28 am #1991Owen Grainger FRICS, FISVAParticipant
Have you thought of joining the Chartered Association of Building Engineers? See:
You may be able to join on the strength of your MRICS qualification and work experience.
I suspect that the jobsworth at the mortgage lender would then be quite happy – but I always advise that the client checks first.January 5, 2024 at 6:43 pm #1992John Stewart FISVAParticipant
I have encountered this on numerous occasions. In some vases the client approached the lender and was able to ‘clear’ me so that I could carry out the task. I suspect, however, that most of the time this results from simple inertia: it’s what they’ve always said, or what the last person said, perhaps without understanding why.
I’d be interested to know whether the referral is warranted, because all too often I find it is merely the valuer passing the buck, especially when it concerns past structural movement. It should often be possible to draw a conclusion or arrive at a reasoned view. If that’s not possible it’s quite unlikely that another professional can either, except by monitoring over time.
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