RICS Welcomes the Property Management Licensing Regime into the Legislative Process

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
2014-04-25 20:43 1916

HONG KONG, April 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) endorses and welcomes the property management licensing regime into the legislative process.

As housing supply increases, public demand for property management services also increases. It is increasingly necessary to have safeguards to guarantee a high level of quality in property management, otherwise the safety and health standards of the living environment will be impacted. This firmly establishes the quality of professional property management companies and property management practitioners as an area of great importance. As such, the Government has introduced the Property Management Services Bill to the Legislative Council today, and will conduct the First Reading and commence the Second Reading Debate on the 7th of May.

RICS has always advocated the standardisation of property management practices, and supports the implementation of a licensing system. The implementation of the appropriate regulations will lead to the enhancement of professional standards, and raise public awareness on the importance of hiring qualified property management companies to ensure the safety and value of their properties. RICS has been actively providing professional advice and suggestions to the Advisory Committee on the Regulation of Property Management Industry to help form this regulatory regime.

According to the announced Bill, property management companies must comply with all licensing criteria, including the requirement for the minimum number of licenced property management directors and employees. The licensing criteria include requirements for a recognised degree qualification, recognised professional qualification, and sufficient relevant work experience. The Bill will provide for a two-tier licensing regime for property management practitioners. RICS supports these criteria and believes that the above criteria can indeed provide property management professionals with relevant knowledge and skills that can be applied in practice at a supervisory or managerial level. RICS anticipates the Bill to pass smoothly and swiftly through the legislative process. The early implementation of the licensing system will serve to enhance the professional status of the industry as a whole.

Dr Daniel Ho, Chairman of RICS Hong Kong said: "RICS welcomes the relevant regulatory measures into the legislative process, which further establishes an industry wide standard for the property management profession. As a professional institution, RICS fully supports the licensing regime of property management practitioners in order to guarantee quality service. We also suggest that the relevant departments and institutions increase resources towards property management training programmes, in order to meet the market demand for qualified property management practitioners."

Source: Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Keywords: Real Estate