Useful Links

Academy of Experts (The) – TAE provides accreditation of Expert Witnesses and a comprehensive range of training courses to enable members and others to develop their expert skills.

Arboriculture Association (The) – The largest body in the UK for the amenity tree care professional.

Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) – The UK’s leading asbestos removal association

Association of British Insurers (ABI) – The voice of insurance, representing the general insurance, investment and long-term savings industry.

Association of British Investigators (ABI) – Professional association of investigators.

Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) – Established in 1996 to provide information and training to all members, promoting the benefits of using a professional, independent inventory clerk.

Association of International Property Professionals – The industry body for the international property market.

Association of Professional Inventory Providers (APIP) – Aims to provide a service for either in-house or independent inventory providers, by offering a recognised standard of inventory provision, advice and guidance and opportunities for professional development.

Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) – The only professional self-regulating body to be solely concerned with lettings and letting agents.

Association of Residential Managing Agents (ARMA) – A trade association for firms that manage private residential leasehold blocks of flats in England & Wales.

Bar Council – The Bar Council is the regulatory and representative body for barristers in England and Wales.

Boundary Problems – Useful information site on boundary problems.

British Approvals of Fire Equipment (BAFE) – Established in 1984, operates independent third party schemes of approval for fire protection systems and services.

British Association of Removers (BAR) – Promoting professional excellence in the removals industry.

British Automatic Sprinkler Association (BASA) – The UK’s trade association for the fire sprinkler industry.

British Banker’s Association – The leading trade association for the UK banking and financial services sector.

British Board of Agrément (BBA) – the UK’s major authority offering approval and inspection services to manufacturers and installers supplying the construction industry.

British Chambers of Commerce (The) – a dynamic, high-profile and independent business network, with chambers across the UK.

British Council for Offices – Britain’s leading forum for the discussion and debate of issues affecting the office sector.

British & Irish Ombudsman Association – A professional association for ombudsmen and complaint handlers, their staff and others interested in the work of independent complaint resolution.

British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) – The professional body for facilities management (FM) in the UK.

British Franchise Association – The single regulatory body for franchising in the UK.

British Insurance Brokers Association (BIBA) – The UK’s leading general insurance intermediary organisation representing the interests of insurance brokers, intermediaries and their customers.

www.Building – Urban regeneration and conservation directory.

Building History – A guide to researching historic buildings in the British Isles.

Business Crime Check – Provides a criminal record checking service for employers, charities & voluntary groups.

Business in the Community – A unique business movement committed to building resilient communities, diverse workplaces and a more sustainable future.

Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) – Representing the interests of all wholesale distributors of building materials in the UK.

British Geological Survey (BGS) – BGS is responsible for advising the UK government on all aspects of geoscience as well as providing impartial geological advice to industry, academia and the public.

British Pest Control Association – Leading UK trade association representing those organisations with a professional interest in the eradication of public health pests.

British Property Federation (BPF) – A membership organisation devoted to representing the interests of all those involved in property ownership and investment.

British Retail Consortium (BRC) – Lead trade association representing the whole range of retailers, from the large multiples and department stores through to independents.

Building Cost Information Service (BCIS) – Current accurate information.

Building Research Establishment (BRE) – Provides a complete range of consultancy, testing, certification, commissioned research and training services covering all aspects of the built environment and associated industries.

British Standards Institution (BSI) – Business standards company that helps organizations make excellence a habit – all over the world.

British Tourist Authority – National tourism agency, responsible for marketing Britain worldwide & developing Britain’s visitor economy.

Cambridge Econometrics – A leading economic and industrial forecasting group.

Centre for Housing Policy (CHP) – One of Europe’s leading centres for housing and social policy research.

Confederation of British Industry (CBI) – The UK’s premier business lobbying organisation, providing a voice for employers at a national and international level.

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – a not-for-profit, UK registered charity working in the public interest through an international network of branches.

Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering – Professional body for the UK plumbing and heating industry.

Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) – Senior professional body in the United Kingdom concerned solely with all aspects of taxation.

Child Poverty Action Group – Useful information on Housing Benefits & Council Tax.

Citizens Advice Bureau – The Citizens Advice service helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice, and by influencing policymakers.

Civil Enforcement Association (CIVEA) – Independently funded association formed to represent all private certificated bailiffs (enforcement agents) in England and Wales.

Coal Authority (The) – Works to protect the public and the environment in coal mining areas.

College of Estate Management (The) – Distance learning for property professionals.

Companies House – The main functions of Companies House are to: incorporate and dissolve limited companies; examine and store company information delivered under the Companies Act and related legislation; and make this information available to the public.

Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) – The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is a non-ministerial government department in the United Kingdom, responsible for strengthening business competition and preventing and reducing anti-competitive activities.

Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) – A not-for-profit organisation and the trade association for the mortgage lending industry, and our members account for around 95% of UK residential mortgage lending.

Council Tax Banding – Check which band a property is in through the valuation Office Site.

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) – The department for economic growth. The department invests in skills and education to promote trade, boost innovation and help people to start and grow a business. BIS also protects consumers and reduces the impact of regulation.

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – Responsible for welfare and pension policy and is a key player in tackling child poverty.

Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) – Provide independent reassurance that water supplies in England and Wales are safe and drinking water quality is acceptable to consumers.

Electrical Contractors Association – The ECA assists and encourages its members to provide high quality, good value and safe electrical installation.

Empty Homes Agency – Independent charity that helps people create homes from empty property and campaigns for more empty homes to be brought into use for the benefit of those who need housing.

Energy Saving Trust – Gives impartial, accurate and independent advice to communities and households on how to reduce carbon emissions, how to use water more sustainably and how to save money on energy bills.

Environment Agency – Executive Non-departmental Public Body responsible to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and a Welsh Government Sponsored Body responsible to the Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development.

Expert Witness Institute (EWI) – Acts as a voice for the expert witness community, supporting experts from all professional disciplines and lawyers who use the services of experts.

ExpertSearch – On-Line directory of expert witnesses.

Federation of Master Builders (FMB) – the UK’s largest trade association in the building sector.

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) – The UK’s largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms.

Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) – The FCA regulate the financial services industry in the UK. Their aim is to protect consumers, ensure the industry remains stable and promote healthy competition between financial services providers.

FireNet – Provides an independent opinion on fire related matters from Fire Engineering to Fire Safety Advice and Specialist Activities such as Transport activities to Hazmat.

Glass & Glazing Federation (GGF) – Represents companies who make, supply or fit, glass and glass related products in the UK and internationally.

Gov.UK – The best place to find government services and information.

Guild of Letting & Management (GLM) – Collective force influencing and shaping residential lettings and management practitioners.

Health & Safety Executive – The National independent watchdog for work-related health, safety and illness.

Highways Agency – an Executive Agency of the Department for Transport (DfT), and is responsible for operating, maintaining and improving the strategic road network in England on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport.

HM Revenue & Customs – The UK’s tax authority.

HM Treasury – The UK’s economics and finance ministry.

Home Office – The Home Office is responsible for internal affairs in England and Wales.

Homelesspages – The leading source of information, research and publications
on homelessness.

House Builders’ Federation (HBF) – the voice of the home building industry in England and Wales.

Housing Ombudsman Service – Set up by law to look at complaints about registered providers of social housing, for example housing associations, and other landlords, managers, and agents.

Housemate – The Shelter site for young people, and carers working with homelessness.

Housingnet – Delivering the broadest publicly-accessible database of Social Housing Organisations across the UK.

Independent Surveyors & Valuers Association (ISVA) – An association of independent surveying and valuation practices with members throughout England and Wales able to offer independent advice to property buyers and lenders.

Insolvency Solutions – The UK Bankruptcy & Insolvency Website – useful links including auctions.

Institute of Credit Management (ICM) – Europe’s largest credit management organisation.

Institution of Structural Engineers – Concerned with the safety, efficiency and elegance of buildings and engineering structures – loadings and structural stability.

Intellectual Property Office – Official government body responsible for granting Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the UK.

International Real Estate Federation – A non-political entity whose objective is to help its members add an international dimension to their businesses.

Investment Property Forum (IPF) – Information exchanging group of investment surveyors.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation – Wants lasting change for people and places in poverty, communities where everyone can thrive and a more equal society.

Just Claim – Guide to getting paid using the court procedures – Small Claims & Interest on Late Payments.

Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service – Provides fire and rescue services to the one-and-a-half million people living or working in Lancashire, on behalf of the Lancashire Combined Fire Authority.

LandlordAdvice – A free web site for landlords which offers information on most landlord subjects like section 21 notices or housing benefit issues.

Law Reports – ICLR established 1865 for the publication of Judicial Decisions of the Superior and Appellate Courts in England.

Law on the Web – Useful legal information site.

Law Society – The Law Society represents solicitors in England and Wales.

Law Teacher – A useful resource aimed at students and others interested in legal topics.

Legal Services Research Centre – The research Division of the Legal Services Commission.

Legislation – Publishing all UK legislation is a core part of the remit of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO), part of The National Archives, and the Office of the Queen’s Printer for Scotland.

Liberty – Independent human rights organisation which works to defend and extend rights and freedoms in England and Wales.

Lloyds of London – Lloyd’s is a unique insurance provider. It is not a company but a brokered market in which 108 underwriting syndicates.

Local Government Association (LGA) – The LGA is the national voice of local government. We work with councils to support, promote and improve local government.

Local Surveyors Direct – Direct access to a huge number of building and property professionals.

Master Locksmiths Association – The Master Locksmiths Association is a non-profit making body; established to set and promote standards of conduct, practice and materials within locksmithing.

Ministry of Justice – The agency is responsible for the administration of the criminal, civil and family courts and tribunals in England and Wales and non-devolved tribunals in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) – NALS, (The National Approved Letting Scheme) is an independent licensing scheme for lettings and management agents.

National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) – The UK’s leading professional body for estate agency.

National Centre for Social Research (Natcen) – Britain’s leading independent social research agency.

National Energy Action – National charity whose work to improve and promote energy efficiency brings social, environmental, housing and employment benefits.

National Federation of Builders (NFB) – The NFB provides business and policy support to builders, contractors and house builders across England and Wales.

National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) – The UK’s largest roofing trade association, representing over 70% of the roofing industry by value.

National Home Building Council (NHBC) – The leading warranty and insurance provider and standards setter for UK house-building for new and newly converted homes.

National Housing Federation – The voice of affordable housing in England.

National Home Improvement Council – Body of companies and organisations that work in the home improvement sector.

National HMO Network – The National HMO Network exists to promote wider understanding of all aspects relating to Houses in Multiple Occupation. These are commonly known as HMO’s.

National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC) – The UK’s leading voluntary regulatory body for the electrical contracting industry.

National Landlords Association (NLA) – The leading association for private residential landlords in the UK.

National Pest Technicians Association – The largest UK membership body in the UK Pest Control Industry.

National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC) – An independent register of accredited Access Auditors and Access Consultants who meet professional standards and criteria established by a peer review system.

National Trust – Guardian for the nation in the acquisition and protection of threatened coastline, countryside and buildings.

Neighbourhood Watch – Website for the national Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) – The mission of the OECD is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

Ofcom – Independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries.

Office for National Statistics – ONS is the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics and the recognised national statistical institute of the UK.

Parliament UK – United Kingdom Parliament’s World Wide Web service.

Pest Control Portal – The electronic directory for the pest control industry.

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) – Information for Landlords and Employers about electrical appliance testing and the legal requirments.

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) – Information site on the technical and legal aspects of PAT.

Property Law UK – Maintained by Gary Webber, barrister.

Property Ombudsman (The) – Provides a free, fair and independent service for dealing with unresolved disputes between sales and letting agents who have joined the TPO and consumers who are actual or potential buyers or sellers or landlords or tenants of residential property in the UK.

Property Litigation Association – To promote litigation skills within the property industry.

Rentokil – Global Pest Control.

Residential Landlords Association (RLA) – The RLA is the leading voice for landlords in England and Wales.

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) – RICS is the world’s leading professional body for setting standards in the surveying industry.

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) – The Royal Institute of British Architects champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members.

Royal Town Planning Institute – The UK’s leading planning body for spatial, sustainable and inclusive planning and is the largest planning institute in Europe.

Self Storage Association – The trade association for the self storage industry in the UK.

Shelter – National campaigning charity for homeless and badly housed people.

Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) – The largest, oldest and most technically expert national pressure group fighting to save old buildings from decay, demolition and damage.

Society of Property Researchers – Professional association for practicing property researchers.

Stationery Office (The) – TSO is the leading provider of information management and publishing solutions to the public sector.

Statutory Instruments – Full texts of Statutory Instruments.

Sustainable Homes – Sustainable Homes Limited is a leading training and advisory consultancy operating in the field of sustainable housing.

Suzy Lamplugh Trust – Working with a wide range of partners in the public, private and voluntary sector, the Trust seeks out new ways to keep people safe from violence and aggression.

TaxationWeb – Useful site for property taxation matters.

Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) – The TFA is the only organisation dedicated to the agricultural tenanted sector and is the authentic voice on behalf of tenant farmers.

UK Association of Letting Agents (UKALA) – Professional Association for letting agents and managing agents.

UK Border Agency – Home Office advice on matters relating to immigration, permission to stay, work permits, citizenship, and asylum. Includes application forms and legislation.

Urban Conservation Glossary – Resource and reference for anyone involved in or simply interested in the built environment.

Valuation Office Agency (VOA) – Provides the Government with the valuations and property advice required to support taxation and benefits.

Venables – Legal sites and useful links.

Victorian Society (The) – The National society responsible for the study and protection of Victorian and Edwardian architecture and other arts.

Which? – Consumer’s association website.

Which? Mortgage Advisers – A free-to-use, independent source of information to help consumers find the right mortgage for them.