PCA Weekly News - 21st May 2022

In your weekly PCA update this week:

  • The impact of RICS changes to knotweed categories
  • Invasive Species Week – a review
  • The PCA is recruiting!
  • Next live CPD Webinar
  • Let’s Meet our Speakers!
  • Product Review – VA2 Wall Tie Locator
  • Just when you thought you’d seen it all…
  • Sign up for the next Apprenticeship intake in June

The impact of RICS changes to knotweed categories

During the lead-up to the 23rd March launch of the new RICS Guidance Note on Japanese knotweed and residential property, there was an understandable degree of uncertainty about what, if any, impact the change to Management Categories would have. The Property Care Association has been listening carefully to reports from the various stakeholder organisations and to our own members and we can report (to be brief) two things:

Firstly, the new Guidance Note is broadly welcomed by Valuation surveyors as an improvement to the original IP27 approach (albeit with questions arising regarding the definition of ‘material damage’ and ‘amenity impact’), and is one which allows the existing communication channels between valuers and lenders (and PCA members) to function effectively. Secondly, that lenders have adopted the new scheme seamlessly, although there is a degree of variability as regards interpretation (not unexpected as it’s still in its early days).

We will be keeping our ears open for any further developments and are always keen to get PCA members’ feedback, but the ‘news’ is that the RICS Guidance is welcomed by those it was designed for and continues to allow property transactions to function effectively with Japanese knotweed included in the overall loan-risk and valuation process.


Invasive Species Week – a review

As we near the end of Invasive Species Week, many of our invasive weed members may have seen our social media activity as we continue to raise awareness of invasive weed management through blogs, CPD videos; webinars and via our refreshed and updated ‘‘Invasive Species Week Info Hub. But what was the actual impact? PCA’s Technical Manager Peter Fitzsimons sum’s up Invasive Species Week and why driving public awareness is important in his latest blog. Click on the button below to view.

For those professionals however, looking to learn and develop, the 2022 International Invasive Weed Conference takes place in November bringing an additional wealth of knowledge and learning. The conference is shaping up well and we look forward to sharing the speaker programme with you in the coming weeks and months.

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The PCA is recruiting!

The success and continued growth of the Invasive Weed Control Group (IWCG) of the Property Care Association and the decision of our Technical Manager for Invasive Weeds, to phase in his retirement, means we are now looking for an enthusiastic and energetic candidate to strengthen our technical team. Could this be you?

To find out more about what the role entails, click on the button below. Alternatively, contact Sue on sue@property-care.org/01480 400000.

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Next LIVE CPD webinar

**JUST 1 WEEK** until our next LIVE CPD opportunity! To understand more about the often misunderstood art of underpinning, and to learn more about when it is appropriate “to pin, or not to pin“; we hope you join us and Cormac Rooney of MJ Rooney Construction Ltd on Thursday 26th May 2022 from 9-10am for an hour of high-quality CPD!

To learn more about the webinar and to register, click on the button below…

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Let’s Meet our Speakers!

We are delighted with how the 2022 International Structural Waterproofing Conference is shaping up and very pleased that more non-members have signed up than ever before!

Spaces are becoming limited so if you are wanting to join us on 14th July 2022, then book your place sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment. To find out more and to ‘Meet our Speakers‘, you can click on the button below….

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Product Review – VA2 Wall Tie Locator

What are your options when it comes to wall tie detectors/locators and are they any good? PCA’s Technical Manager James Berry shares his latest product review on the VA2 Wall Tie Locator and discusses his thoughts…

You can read the full review by clicking on the button below.

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Just when you thought you’d seen it all…

…an article appears and you stare in disbelief at the contractors who appear to be working BAREFOOT! In fact several groundworkers were employed at this site in Greater Manchester in preparation for the construction of a domestic dwelling, with no risk assessment, no site manager, no construction plan or PPE…!

It goes without saying that appointing specialist, approved, experienced and competent contractors is a must and something the Property Care Association takes very seriously. You can read the full, astonishing article by clicking on the button below…

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Sign up for the next Apprenticeship intake in June

It really is easier than ever to get your technicians trained through an apprenticeship. The Property Care Association has worked hard to secure more funding through CITB to help and assist you and your team(s) and with the recently introduced ‘travel to train‘ initiative, more candidates than ever before can access an apprenticeship – don’t let logistics issues hold you back, we can help you! So what are you waiting for?

Secure your place on the next intake in June! Contact Jade in the training team on 01480 400000 or email jade@property-care.org.

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