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RICS teams up with Xit2

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has revealed it will use Xit2 systems to help it implement and run its home inspector certification scheme facility.

RICS will be regulating its certification scheme members who want to carry out Home Condition Reports following approval from the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Building on its extensive existing regulatory regime, RICS has designed its certification scheme in line with the government’s better regulation principles and this has now been acknowledged by DCLG through the approval process.

Xit2 has built and delivered to RICS a database for its home inspectors and domestic energy assessors, that will automate the processes involved in managing scheme members’ details.

It will also provide the scheme with its link into the central HCR and Energy Performance Certificate register to facilitate the submission of HCRs and EPC reports for lodgement.

RICS’ HCR writer report completion software will be a core element of the scheme’s operation and Xit2 are also developing stand alone, RICS branded, EPC data collection software.

Steven Gould, director of regulation at RICS, says: “Xit2 has a reputation in the market for providing robust and flexible solutions.

“Its work on creating the functionality to pull together the numerous elements of the HCR will lead to substantial time and cost savings for all parties involved.

“Looking ahead to this summer’s implementation of the EPC requirement of HIPs, we have also outsourced the creation of the EPC data collection software to Xit2’s professional services division.

“This division has an excellent great track record for delivering on time and on budget, which is what we demand for our members.”

Paul Duckworth, managing director of Xit2, adds: “Following the announcement late last year that RICS has received government approval, we’re delighted that a number of our systems and technologies have been chosen to support RICS.

“RICS has been working with DCLG in order to help improve the home buying and selling process, which we believe will produce tremendous benefits for the end consumer.

“We’re delighted and flattered that our technologies are seen as a way to help further streamline the process.”

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