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The effects of the COVID - 19 Virus will affect the work carried out by RICS Regulated Members* in a variety of ways, with varying impacts. The exact consequences of the COVID -19 outbreak are unknown but inspecting property may be difficult either through their Firm’s own internal procedures, Government imposed restrictions or unwillingness of occupants to grant access. Access to evidential data such as comparables may also be less freely available.

At the end of November RICS issued a revised edition of the Global Red Book. This supersedes the RICS Valuation – Global Standards 2017 and therefore becomes the authoritative set of standards for all RICS Valuers. The new standards become effective from Friday 31 January 2020. We review the new edition and offer our comments and observations on the implications of the changes for RICS valuers.

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