RICS recommends lifting of Material Valuation Uncertainty clauses

9 September 2020

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The Material Valuation Uncertainty Leaders Forum set up by the RICS have today issued an update recommending a general “lifting” of Material Valuation Uncertainty clauses for “all UK real estate, excluding some assets valued with reference to trading potential”.

A Material Valuation Uncertainty declaration is applicable when there are sharp and unpredicted shocks to a market leading to a temporary suspension of market activity. The RICS recommended their use on 17th March 2020 and they were only expected to be applicable for a relatively short term.

For properties where there is little transactional comparable evidence, other indicators should be considered.

As I have noted in previous updates on this subject, it is still down to the valuer to consider each property individually and for some properties the valuer might still believe it is appropriate to include a Material Valuation Uncertainty clause.

I have worked with Jeremy Symons over the past three years successfully leasing and buying property in support of my business. I continue to be very pleased with his knowledge of the market and expertise. Our relationship over this time has resulted in acquiring 20,000 sq ft at Capital Business Park in Cardiff, leasing 11,000 sq ft at Southpoint, and subsequently leasing an initial 42,000 sq ft at Parc Bedwas, followed by a succession of expansions of a further 11,000 and then 47,000 sq ft, enabling us to centralise all of our operations at Parc Bedwas in a single 100,000 sq ft facility. The acquisitions were completed at the perfect time for tenant purposes and the rent fixed throughout the term at very economical rates. A job well done.

Bob James, Aerfin