Housing: Inspections

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 16th April 2007.

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Photo of Tony Baldry Tony Baldry Conservative, Banbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many qualified (a) home inspectors and (b) domestic energy assessors there are on the (i) Buildings Research Establishment, (ii) Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and (iii) SAVA Government-accredited schemes.

Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning)

As at 23 March there were 1,085 home inspector candidates who had successfully passed their exam. There were over 3,000 DEA candidates who were in or about to begin training, all of whom could qualify by June.

All home inspector certification schemes are operated by private companies, so enquiries on their current membership would be more appropriately addressed to individual schemes.

The contact details for the three schemes are:

(i) Building Research Establishment

Telephone: 01923 664947

Email: enquiries@breinspector.co.uk

(ii) Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

Telephone: 0870 333 1600

Email: safeas@rics.org

(iii) Surveyors and Valuers Association

Telephone: 0870 837 6500

Email: info@sava-cs.org.uk

Accreditation schemes for domestic energy assessors are in the process of being approved by the Secretary of State, and will receive formal approval shortly. As no approval has yet been made details cannot be provided.

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