Articles and Topical Issues
Health Building Note (HBN 11) the definitive guide to the specification requirements of NHS surgeries is being revised. The Forum membership has been invited by NHS England to comment on the revisions. To allow members to consider this, the draft amendments are on the members page alongside a guide on how any comments should be co-ordinated. Fast action is required as the deadline is the 21st July 2020.
NHS Resolution strengthen their procedures
NHS Resolution have strengthened their procedural requirements for parties and their advisers submitting cases to them for dispute resolution. This is of particular importance to valuers acting on behalf of GPs appealing against their Notional Rent reimbursement or District Valuers representing the NHS in defending such appeals. Click here to read the full article.
On valuations and inspections PCPF members will generally be following RICS guidance
Thus inspections on primary healthcare properties unless urgent may not be possible during the current “COVID-19 Lock Down” and therefore there will be a delay whilst we wait for further Government advice and a limited relaxation in current guidance. Where the inspection is deemed essential valuers and surveyors must have full regard to COVID-19 restrictions, hand washing and the 2 metre rule. They will not be able to inspect if they show any signs of the virus or if anyone at the premises show such signs. Therefore inspections should be undertaken whilst there are no patients and preferably when the surgery/health centre is closed or vacant. The final decision must rest with the valuer/surveyor concerned.
The NHS have issued advice in respect of DV services a copy can be found here
Surveyor and valuer members may be able to provide full valuations under the Red Book using the new relaxed guidance issued by the RICS. This allows a surveyor to base a valuation on a virtual inspection which could mean all of or a combination of a recent sales brochure, a building survey, video tour or previous inspection report on the property. If the valuer/surveyor does not feel they have sufficient information on the internal elements of the property they will delay or decline as appropriate until an inspection can be safely completed as advised above.”
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