Reallymoving.com works with a huge number of RICS regulated firms of surveyors. We ask all of our users to provide feedback on the firm they used so that our customers can have an idea of the service they should receive. We find our Chartered Surveyors receive excellent feedback.
How to complain
However, if you are unhappy with your surveyor, feel free to let us know, but also here are some other steps you may wish to consider.
The RICS – Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors – expect their regulated surveyors to follow strict Rules of Conduct. These rules of conduct insist that RICS members have a Complaints Handling Procedure (known as a CHP) to deal with grievances against their firm.
Ideally, when you initially employed your surveyor, reference to their CHP should have been evident in the Terms and Conditions they sent you. If this was not sent with their T&C, and you are not happy with the service that your RICS Surveyor has provided, you should ask to see details of their Complaints Handling Procedure in writing.
If you have asked for a copy of their CHP, keep a copy of your request, whether it was by letter (send by recorded delivery), email (get a delivery receipt) or make a note of the date that you called the company and who you spoke to.
RICS require that your complaint is handled by a designator complaints manager or by a senior member of the firm. These individuals should try to resolve your complaint.
If your grievance cannot be resolved internally, the surveyor should refer it to an independent redress scheme, ideally run by an ombudsman. There is an ombudsman appointed specifically to the field of property transactions, to which most surveying complaints are sent, and he can be contacted here http://www.ombudsman-services.org/property.html
The Chartered Surveyor firm should let you know which ombudsman scheme they have forwarded your complaint to so that you can stay informed of its progress.
Go direct to RICS
An alternative method of complaining about your surveyor is to go direct to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. RICS Regulation is the regulatory arm of RICS and is accountable for ensuring its members observe the rules and regulations to which they have signed up. If RICS considers the member firm has fallen short of anticipated standards, the RICS will take suitable steps to stop the risk of additional misdemeanours.
Here is a list of the areas in which RICS will investigate:
Failure to utilise a complaints handling procedure
Failure to disclose a conflict of interest
Misuse of clients’ money
Failure to answer correspondence
Working with a conviction of a criminal office.
Deal with non-RICS members
Pay compensation on behalf of a member, or instruct a member to pay compensation
Determine whether a firm has acted negligently – this is a case for the law courts
Become involved in any court action against a Member Firm.
Further information can be found at the RICS website.