What constitutes a complaint?
Any expression of dissatisfaction
How should you deal with a complaint?
Rule 7 of the RICS Rules of Conduct for Firms requires firms to operate a Complaints Handling Procedure (CHP), which includes a redress mechanism approved by the Regulatory Board, and maintain a complaints log
What does the RICS recommend firms include in a CHP?
- Ensure the CHP has at least two stages
- Timescales for responding
- Ensure complaints are recorded in a complaints log
What should be involved in the two stages of a CHP?
- Consideration of the complaint by a senior member of the firm or the firm's designated complaints handler
- If the complaint cannot be resolved, referral to an independent third party with authority to award redress
How quickly should a complaint be answered?
Acknowledgement of the complaint within 7 days and a full response within 28 days
Where should you record a complaint?
In a complaints log
How would your client know what your complaints handling procedure is?
The CHP should be brought to the client's attention when the terms of business are being agreed (otherwise it should made available when a complaint is received)
Can client's be charged for time spent dealing with a complaint?
When should you tell your PI insurers about a complaint?
PI insurers must be informed as soon as possible of any complaint made through the CHP in order to ensure compliance with the terms of the policy
Do the RICS need to get involved in complaints?
The RICS will only become involved if the firm fails to respond to a complaint or prevents the client from gaining access to an independent redress mechanism
What third party redress schemes exist?
The RICS has produced guidance on the various third-party redress mechanisms available along with contact details, depending on the type of complaint
A client phones you up and says he is dissatisfied with your cost report. He is very unhappy about it and refuses to accept it. What action would you take?