The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks says it will propose evolutionary changes at its next annual general meeting.
This will include a renewed board, restructuring to emphasize the organization’s reach beyond London and the South East, and renewed attempts to hold government and politicians to account.
“Strong trade bodies with a united voice are more important than ever,” says CNA President Daniel Evans.
“The lettings industry continues to face uncertainty over both the timing of rent reform, the cost of living crisis and the ongoing fallout from Brexit and Covid, which means it is important that new ideas, innovation and new voices continue to be heard to stop the market from regressing.
The restructuring is believed to take inspiration from ARLA Propertymark’s regional network and the success of other trade bodies such as the Residential Property Surveyors Association in becoming a major voice in negotiations with government and regulators.
Evans says, “The RPSA provides us with a great model to work towards. As an independent association, they have managed to be included on a large number of government review boards, committees, etc., as they provide that independent voice in an industry where trust is an issue. As truly independent providers, who represent landlords, tenants and agents, our voice can be amplified. »
He continues: “Going forward, we need to go even further beyond AIIC’s remit and involve the whole industry, to exchange ideas and stimulate innovation. Reaching out to everyone, from sole traders to large inventory companies, and understanding the successes and challenges of each can help us improve the industry as a whole, for all of us. We need to collaborate more than before, that’s the key word here.
Part of this collaboration will likely be industry working groups with key players from major letting agents, real estate companies and property management companies to see how collegiate operations, training, professionalism and PropTech can help the industry meet future challenges for years to come. .
“We are at an incredibly difficult time for many inventory companies, as we are one of the few vendors in the industry to really suffer from a drop in transaction volume. So we need to work positively with the Minister of Housing and others to address these issues and build on the successes we have achieved,” says Evans.
The association also plans to engage with filing systems to increase reporting standards, roll out additional training courses, and hold regular webinars on hot topics.
“We need to address the issues that matter to our industry, which can only happen if we take a positive approach to moving forward collectively. If re-elected at the next AGM, I look forward to delivering a clear program going forward that benefits all members of the association and secures its position as the leading national inventory body,” concludes Evans.