(This note is not part of the Order)
By this Order the Secretary of State approves a code of practice relating to the management of residential property by landlords and others who discharge the management function. The approved code is to the “Service Charge Residential Management Code (ISBN 978 1 84219 168 2) and is to be published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (“RICS”).
By this Order the Secretary of State also withdraws the approval given in the Approval of Codes Management Practice (Residential Property) Order 1996 (SI 1996/2839) to the “Service Charge Residential Management Code” (ISBN 0 85406 643 8).
Failure to comply with any provision of an approved code does not of itself render any person liable to any proceedings, but in any proceedings, the codes of practice shall be admissible as evidence and any provision that appears to be relevant to any question arising in the proceedings is taken into account.
The approval and withdrawal of approval provided for in this Order apply to the management of residential properties in England only. By article 4 of this Order, the “Service Charge Residential Management Code” (ISBN 0 85406 643 8) continues to have effect for the purposes of proceedings relating to acts or omissions that are alleged to have occurred before this Order comes into force.
No regulatory impact assessment has been prepared in relation to this Order. The purpose of the Order is to replace the previous approved code with a new one which has been updated to take account of changes in legislation. As such it is considered that the impact on businesses is minimal. The code will be available in electronic form at no cost to members of RICS, and at a cost of £12.50 for the printed version.