The UK and Scottish governments, and other regulatory bodies, produce laws, regulations and guidance that can have an impact on the property industry.
These impacts can be financial, such as taxes and allowances, or practical, like leasing, planning and sustainability rules.
Our role is to try to make sure that those writing and approving the rules are aware of the likely impact of their decisions on the industry. We want new legislation and regulations to be as fair and as workable as possible, and to avoid unintended consequences.
To do this, we work alongside the decision makers to give them the benefit of the industry's knowledge and experience. Occasionally it proves necessary to challenge government decisions on behalf of our members.
Governments and regulatory bodies prefer to work with organisations, like us, that represent a wide range of businesses and can provide an industry-wide perspective.
One of the key reasons our members join is to be part of this influencing activity and to ensure their own concerns are addressed.