Magenta client Orbis launches vacant property management survey with the BIFM

CROSS KEYS AFTERThe British Institute of Facilities Management and vacant property management expert Orbis, a key Magenta client, have launched a vacant property management survey for 2015. Both parties are eager to obtain views from property and facilities managers about the empty buildings in their portfolio.

Squatting in a residential building became a criminal offence three years ago. An Orbis survey at the time revealed that a third of property managers predicted a rise in squatters targeting commercial properties as a result.

The new survey for 2015 aims to establish whether these concerns have become a reality. The new survey seeks to understand what facilities managers’ main concerns are when it comes to empty buildings, their understanding of the legal and insurance requirements around empty properties and how they currently manage them.

The survey also considers urban exploring, the exploration of man-made structures, to determine whether this is a growing trend and a threat. Guy Other, chief executive officer at Orbis said: “Our 2012 survey found that a third of property managers were predicting a rise in squatters targeting their commercial properties. With this new survey we will better determine the extent of the problem in 2015, and the extent of any new threats.” The survey takes around two minutes to complete. As a thank you for taking part, respondents will be entered into a prize draw to win a Kindle Fire HD. Click here to take part. 

Cathy Hayward