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Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors codes

19 August 2019

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is a global professional body for surveyors. It promotes and enforces international standards in the valuation, management and development of:

  • land
  • real estate
  • construction
  • infrastructure

RICS promotes best practice through its guidance, which includes codes for conveyancing and leasing commercial property.

Code for Leasing Business Premises in England and Wales (2007)

Commercial property professionals and industry bodies representing landlords and tenants worked together to create this code.

It aims to:

  • make sure commercial leases fairly represent both landlords and tenants
  • increase awareness of property issues, especially among small businesses, so that tenants have the information they need to negotiate the best deal

Download Code for leasing business premises (2007) from the RICS website.

See RICS 2019 consultation on this code

Service Charges in Commercial Property

On 1 April 2019, the RICS Professional Statement on service charges in commercial property replaced the third edition of RICS Service Charge Code.

It provides best practice guidance for managing and administering service charges for commercial property. It also sets out mandatory requirements for RICS members.

Service Charges in Commercial Property is available from the RICS website.

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