Latest advice to NZIV from MBIE


Latest advice to NZIV from MBIE
New Zealand Institute of Valuers Members
The NZIV has been in ongoing discussions with the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) over recent days regarding operations under Alert Levels 3 & 4.
The advice from MBIE is that the situation in all regions (ie those in Level 4, those now in Level 3 and inter-level situations) remains essentially as previously advised in the NZIV communications on 30 August, subject to some tightening of restrictions, which are further explained in the release of a new Health Order which Valuers should read here, and Alert Level 3 requirements for businesses and services here.  Valuers appear to fall within the “All other businesses and services” category, which provides that customers or clients only enter a workplace to “the minimum extent necessary”.   A guiding principle for valuers in Level 3 regions is that they should work from home where possible.
For Valuers in the Auckland region, the situation remains as previously advised under Level 4.
To reiterate, NZIV is not in a position to issue blanket advice on whether properties can be inspected, and it is up to individual firms or valuers to determine whether they can undertake the inspections of particular properties, having due regard to public health guidelines.
The NZIV's position is that it is for individuals and/or businesses to determine if they can satisfactorily meet all the MIBE and Health advisories for the Alert level operating in their locality.
If valuers do determine to physically inspect properties, all parties (for example the valuer, the owner, the occupier, and/or the agent) should agree to observe the Alert Level 3 restrictions (physical distancing, extra hygiene, face covering, etc) and ensure the process is as ‘contactless’ as it can be.  A brief paper trail to show the physical inspection was necessary, the occupant had agreed to the inspection and that restrictions and requirements be observed is recommended.
We have put together a briefing document – COVID Valuation Issues – to summarise the advice which has been obtained so far. Hopefully members will find this useful. Here is a link to the FAQs.
I must offer sincere thanks to the NZIV General Secretary, Dr Gary Garner, who has put this document together and I am sure members will be equally appreciative.
This is an ever changing situation and NZIV is continuing to obtain official advice.  We will be back in touch as soon as any further advice is available.
Kind regards for now.
Adam Binns
New Zealand Institute of Valuers