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RPSA Survey Inspection & Reporting Standards

The Residential Property Surveyors Association has launched its' new Survey Inspection and Reporting Standards (SIRS) helping independent surveyors deliver a professional, clear and simple message to home buyers.

Based on a single level of comprehensive property inspection, and supporting a straightforward two-tier reporting structure, the RPSA standards set a benchmark for independent surveyors. Home buyers can be confident that they will get a thorough service, avoiding many of the caveats and exclusions all too commonly seen from surveys in the past.

The message is clear and simple. We do what our client would expect us to do and deliver a professional, clear and simple service aimed at answering questions, not asking them.

These standards give guidance to surveyors for the nature of the inspection and the content of reports.

The principle of the inspection is simple and can be summed up in one line. "As full and thorough a visual and non-invasive inspection as is safe and reasonable to do, noting any limitations."

Reports are based on the complexity of the property. A simple modern house demands a simpler and more concise report. An older more complicated property demands more explanation and description.

Like the service we deliver to our clients, the standards are written to be clear and easy to follow and you can download them below.

RPSA Survey Inspection & Reporting Standards

RPSA Standards Document

Judges Comments and Opinions regarding Dr. Antino

  • The party wall world is relatively small, the stage of this world contains a number of well-known players, Mr Antino is one of these well-known players and so are his owners instructing solicitor Mr Ashley Bean of Thirsk Winton

    HHJ Bailey - [2016]
  • The Claimants have a very experienced legal team comprising Mr David Mayall of lambchambers & Mr Ashley Bean of thirsK winton and their surveyro Dr. Philip Antino. The evidence in particular of the Defendant’s plans for both the Accessway and the plans and how it impacted upon the Claimants business was important information that The Defendants ahd not provided when requested.

    HHJ Freedland QC - [2021]
  • "Mr Antino is a palpable witness, Mr Antino's explanation of the unique attributes of the "Thompson Plan" greatly assisted the Court to understand the location and extent of the claimants’ boundaries” (Best & Best v Perkins & Dennis in the County Court at Luton).

    HHJ Hildyard - [2015]
  • The appeal was a preliminary hearing of two points in respect of an Award served by Mr Antino and a surveyor appointed by Mr Antino under s.10(4) on behalf of the Building Owners the Appellants. HHJ Luba QC sitting in the Central London County Court held "In my judgment the Award is valid, the use of s.10(4) was the appropriate procedure given the Building Owners refusal to appoint a surveyor. A dispute had arisen that satisfied s.10 procedures, The Award is an impressive piece of work". Schmid v Hulls and Athananasou).

    HHJ Luba QC - [2016]
  • “Mr Antino is an acknowledged expert in the field of party wall issues.”

    HHJ Murfitt QC 2013 - [2015]
  • “I have known Philip for many years as a surveyor, he is a very good surveyor, as this book shows he is a very good author and this book can only advance his reputation”

    HHJ Philip Bartle QC - [2012]
  • “In the appeal of an ex-parte Award served by Mr Antino on behalf of the respondents, in my judgment the respondent is correct. Mr Antino’s contention that it is not a matter for negotiation directly between one surveyor and the other surveyor’s client. Since I have determined that the ex-parte Award was valid the court is still able to determine the Award and under the statutory powers to modify the Award if appropriate. I am grateful to Mr Antino suggesting that I now determine the Award issue “I accept that Mr Antino’s hourly rate is not in my judgment unreasonable. It follows that the fee set out in the ex-parte Award had been properly justified and I therefore award Mr Antino’s fees”. (Bansal v Myers Romford County Court).

    HHJ Platt - [2007]

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