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Important update about building control and Aedis Regulatory Services Ltd 10th June 2019

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Important update about building control and Aedis Regulatory Services Ltd
Published: 10 June 2019
Updated: 11 June 2019 (version 3)

You may be aware that Aedis Regulatory Services Ltd – as an Approved Inspector – are required to have professional indemnity insurance and public liability insurance. Such insurance can only be obtained through a scheme approved by the Government.

Currently, there is only one insurance broker able to offer insurance to Approved Inspectors. The underwriters of this scheme have been reviewing their position and several Approved Inspectors (including Aedis) have been unable to secure cover upon renewal.

This only relates to the building control service (provided by Aedis Regulatory Services Ltd). Structural warranties (provided by Aedis Warranties Ltd) are not affected, and neither is Aedis Training & Development.

This situation could not have been anticipated and has arisen through no fault of our own, but we are working to find a resolution to this issue as soon as possible.

However, we do recognise the impact this will have on our clients and the uncertainty it will cause.

Therefore, we have already taken some positive steps to mitigate this and, in particular, have put in place an arrangement with another third-party/Approved Inspector which ensures we can offer continued service delivery.

What to do

1) For new projects:

You can submit details in the usual way to Aedis (via your Surveyor or Business Support). With your agreement, the Initial Notice will be served by another Approved Inspector. Plan-checks and inspections will be carried out by this Approved Inspector, but they may use Aedis surveyors under a consultancy agreement.

2) For projects where an Initial Notice has been submitted but works have not commenced:

Aedis will cancel the Initial Notice. With your agreement, a new Initial Notice will be served by another Approved Inspector. Plan-checks and inspections will be carried out by this Approved Inspector, but they may use Aedis surveyors under a consultancy agreement.

3) For projects where works have commenced, and inspection(s) have been carried out:

These projects will usually fall under the remit of Local Authority. However, some Local Authorities may allow Aedis to transfer these projects to another third-party/Approved Inspector.

If you are an existing Aedis client, please be aware that you are obligated to advise the Local Authority that you wish to cancel the Initial Notice. Regrettably, failure to do so is considered a criminal offence and liable to prosecution.

If you require any additional information, advice and support please contact our Business Support team by emailing admin@aedis.com or calling 0800 622 6903.

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