RICS faces an internal revolt over HIP stance

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is facing an internal revolt from members unhappy with the way it derailed the introduction of Home In-formation Packs.

The trade body’s application for a judicial review last month effectively delayed the implementation of HIPs. But some members have launched an online petition calling for the instant launch of the packs.

They hope to get 200 signatures, accounting for over 1% of the membership, allowing them to call an extraordinary general meeting and take their grievances to the RICS board.

The petition has already attracted 114 signatures. One petitioner says RICS has knifed members in the back and Margaret Grafham, a partner at SSH Chartered Surveyors in Liverpool, writes: “Never in the history of RICS has a judicial review been laun-ched. Members were not consulted on the move.”

A spokesman for RICS says: “Proper consultation with RICS members was conducted in accordance with our governance structures.”