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Urgent Letter from the Chairman – 17th August 2021
In recent years the size of ISVA Council has shrunk considerably, leaving a significantly reduced number of people to serve and represent the membership, to run the Association effectively and to develop its considerable potential for growth.
Whilst the Council has many viable proposals for changes that would see ISVA raise its profile within the profession and, most importantly, improve the benefits of membership on offer, it is becoming increasingly difficult to bring these projects to fruition.
We cannot go on like this. We are failing in a number of areas simply because Council is too small a band. We need to take drastic steps if the Association is to have any kind of successful future – and we need to act quickly.
The ISVA leadership needs to be strengthened and supported by an expanded and energetic Council. In short, it needs more ISVA members to step up to serve the Association which has been supporting them for so many years.
I am only too aware that we all have busy practices and that the effects of the Covid pandemic have put everyone in the profession under even more stress.
However, with a full complement of Council Members to share the load now and with others ready to come forward in the future, the work can be both rewarding and enjoyable. The greater the number of those who are willing to participate, the lighter the burden will be on any one individual.
The future viability of the Association is now in serious question and I ask every ISVA member to actively consider stepping up to serve on Council in some capacity, either now or in the coming months. Do not hesitate to let me know about the contribution you would like to make and I will give you an honest account of the commitment involved in serving on ISVA Council.
As a first step, please get in touch with me via email@example.com.
ISVA is a Members’ Association – run by its members and for the benefit of its members. Please do not leave it to others to ensure its future success.
Chairman, ISVA Council
17th August 2021
New ISVA Survey Reports Now Available – 12th March 2021
Further to the ISVA alert on 12th February 2021, we are pleased to say that the updated, RICS compliant, ISVA HomeSurvey and ISVA BuildingSurvey report templates, supporting documents for Level 2 and 3 surveys and an explanatory note are now all available for download from the ‘New ISVA Survey Reports‘ page of this website.
Please note that you will have to fill our the Licence application form before we release the password for the documents to you. You can find out more on the New ISVA Survey Reports page.
New Cladding Guidance – 11th March 2021
RICS have issued new cladding guidance which, whilst intended for valuers primarily, is of importance to all ISVA members when carrying out surveys and advising clients on potential effects on future resale.
ISVA is delighted to welcome the following New members in 2021
ISVA is delighted to welcome the following New Members joining the Association in 2021:
- Edward Warren MSc(Dist) MRICS MISVA of Cockrams Surveying, Truro, Cornwall
- Robert Sonato MRICS MISVA of Castles Surveyors, Enfield, Middlesex
- Clive Kennett FRICS of Kennett Surveys, Bath, Somerset
- Ben Salvage BSc(Hons) MRICS FCABE CBuildE of Blackacre Chartered Building Surveyors, Eastbourne and London
- Henry Burrows MRICS MISVA of Stiles & Co, Ripley, Surrey
- Chris Stevens MRICS MCIOB CBuildE CMaPS MISVA of Chris Stevens Chartered Building Surveyors, Swansea, Wales
- Mark Everett BSc FRICS MISVA of Mark Everett Property Services, Ashtead, Surrey
- Simon Wall RICS RegVal MISVA of Wall & Macnab, Southport, Merseyside
Update – 12th February 2021 – The new ISVA HomeSurvey and RICS HSS
For the last year, the ISVA HomeSurvey working group has been busy updating the report template and supporting documents to meet the new RICS Home Survey Standard. It has been very challenging work, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic and with frequent changes to RICS deadlines.
Update – HART v LARGE
From Paul Shaverin FRICS FISVA, ISVA Council Member
The 2020 judgement in Hart v Large was of enormous significance to surveyors undertaking survey and valuation work. The case subsequently went to the Court of Appeal and its decision has recently been handed down.
Market Valuation for continuing COVID-19 situation and Health & Safety Policy – 6 November 2020
Ian Vicary, Chairman of the ISVA, has recently been asked about valuation uncertainty during the continuing Coronavirus pandemic and has provided the following wording as an example of what could be used in Valuation Reports:
Market conditions within the UK remain somewhat uncertain and volatile. There has been recent activity in most sectors of the residential market since the first lockdown was lifted but we enter a further period of national lockdown across the country with continued uncertainty going forwards affecting job and employment confidence.
Interest rates remain relatively low but some prospective buyers, especially new buyers and buyers senior in years are still finding it difficult to meet tight lending criteria restricting finance for some prospective purchasers.
There is, undoubtedly, uncertainty as to the economic conditions that will prevail going forward particularly due to ‘Brexit’, including during the current period of negotiation leading up to a formal exit.
It is rarely possible to predict with confidence levels of demand in the foreseeable future and this is becoming more pronounced with Brexit. At the present time there is more uncertainty in relation to many factors that historically have acted as drivers of the property development, investment, owner occupier and letting markets. Such political and economic circumstances are unprecedented but do result in a reduced level of certainty that can be attached to valuation. As previously stated the impact of Brexit will unfold over an extended period of time, including over the remaining period to formal exit.
In view of the above, we would advise you to have less confidence than usual in the probability that our opinion of value exactly coincides with the price achievable for the subject property. Although historically prices for residential property of this nature have generally risen over time, there is no guarantee on the future market, i.e. prices can fall as well as rise. It is possible that levels of market value will alter and fall within the timescale of the UK exiting Europe.
RICS Guidance on market and valuations
The outbreak of COVID-19, declared by the World Health Organisation as a “Global Pandemic” on 11 March 2020, has impacted global financial markets. Travel restrictions have been implemented by many countries.
Market activity is being impacted in many sectors. As at the valuation date, we consider that we can attach less weight to previous market evidence for comparison purposes, to inform opinions of value. Indeed, the current response to COVID-19 means that we are faced with an unprecedented set of circumstances on which to base a judgement.
Our valuation(s) is / are therefore reported on the basis of ‘material valuation uncertainty’ as per VPS 3 and VPGA 10 of the RICS Red Book Global. Consequently, less certainty – and a higher degree of caution – should be attached to our valuation than would normally be the case. Given the unknown future impact that COVID-19 might have on the real estate market, we recommend that you keep the valuation of the subject property under frequent review.
COVID-19 Health & Safety Policy
A health and safety policy has been put together for Members to use for their practice, if they wish. This can be downloaded by clicking on the button below:
New RICS Homesurvey Standards
A message from RICS, in reference to their new RICS Homesurvey standards:
Many of our surveyors are now prioritising their response to the currently COVID-19 pandemic and upheaval caused by rolling lockdowns, alongside working in a busy marketplace as a result of the stamp duty holiday.
To support our professionals who deliver residential surveys, RICS is changing the implementation date of the new Home Survey Standard from 1 December 2020 to 1 March 2021.
The new and improved home survey forms will also launch on 1 March 2021.
Future updates on the standard and supporting tools and materials will be added to the ISVA Members’ section when they are available.
ISVA Conference Rescheduled for 13th May 2021
As you may have already gathered, due to COVID-19, there is no ISVA Conference in November. However, a new date has been set for next year – 13th May 2021.
The ISVA is delighted to present its Annual Conference which this year is returning to the National Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon. Set just off the motorway this is an accessible and popular venue with easy parking and excellent facilities.
PI Insurance Advice
Tom Littler FRICS FISVA, member of ISVA Council, has drawn the following article to the attention of ISVA members: Form EWS1 – PI Insurance Advice
New Discount for Members
ISVA are pleased to be able to offer its members discounts to two 3CPD Events coming up in the autumn of 2020.
More information can be found here: CPD Discounts for ISVA Members
It was with great regret that we learned of the death on 18th January 2020 of Brian Gale MRICS FISVA. The Chairman and Council offer their condolences to Brian’s partners, Patrick Moyle and Sean Steer at Brian Gale Surveyors in Reigate, Surrey. Brian had been a member of ISVA since 2000 and will be greatly missed.
We are deeply saddened to have to inform ISVA Members of the death of founder member and past Chairman of the Association, Martin Pendered FRICS FISVA IRRV. Please click here to read the full notice regarding Martin’s passing.
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