1. What kind of companies can join AIPP?
Agents, Developers, Lawyers, Media, Financial Services – most professionals party to an international property transaction.
Sole traders can join AIPP too.
2. What types of membership do you offer?
Business – for companies directly selling property to clients (Agents & Developers)
Associate – for all other companies associated with the buying or selling process
3. What is the cost of joining AIPP?
The cost of membership depends on what type of company you are and how many people work there. Please email email@example.com for an accurate quote
4. How do I comply with the AIPP code of Conduct?
You can read the code before making your application to join AIPP – satisfy yourself you already meet our standards or put a plan into place to do so
Ensure all your staff read the code and we highly recommend you print and display the code prominently in your office to reassure and guide your clients and staff
5. How do I get the most out of my membership?
Ensure you understand and action all your membership benefits as sent out in your digital and postal membership joining packs
Prominently display your AIPP logo and other branded materials to attract and reassure clients
Read your monthly membership newsletter and frequent the AIPP website to keep up to date with our latest activities, events & new member benefits
6. Do I need to take some training?
Yes. From May 2021, AIPP is introducing Compliance training online for all new business members. This gives opportunity to both learn and display a certificate for successful completion of courses. Please email Claire@aipp.org.uk for the latest information.
7. How does AIPP actively promote members to clients?
By launching a complimentary business to AIPP – the Alliance of International Property Owners (AIPO) in April 2018, giving a dedicated focus for all consumer support & engagement
AIPP & AIPO websites both include a ‘search for an AIPP member’ function
Social Media – several campaigns are run every month promoting members to buyers & the trade
Public Relations – we actively promote to the media key aspects of AIPP & our members work
By members submitting content to our AIPP & AIPO Blogs
8. What can I do to actively raise my profile through AIPP?
Ensure all of your membership profile details are completed so clients can find you
Contribute material to our Blog – our sister company, AIPO, gives you opportunity to present your expertise to potential clients and existing owners who may need your services
9. My company has not been trading for three years - can I still join?
Yes, you can still potentially qualify – please refer to our qualification requirements to see how
10. Is the membership fee annual or a one-off?
Membership is based on an annual fee plus a one-off joining admin fee. All membership is on a corporate basis.
11. Do you offer fee payment instalment plans?
Yes we do, but these are discretionary and a little more expensive & require you to set up a regular payment order with your bank
12. How long does the membership application process take?
Typically two weeks – but depends on how complete and correct your membership application is and how quick your trade reference is in getting back to us.
13. Why do I need to provide a ‘VAT’ number?
To avoid paying VAT on your membership invoice (if you are based in the EU), we will need to file your VAT number (or equivalent – IVA, CIF, NIF, NIE)
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further clarification.
14. Who is the trade reference or referee?
This is an independent third party (usually an accountant, legal adviser, bank manager etc ) who has dealt with your company in a professional capacity and has known the company principal for at least 12 months.
15. What is the Company Certificate?
This is an official document stating when the company was formed and confirms the VAT number. This could be a certificate from Companies House in the UK, Agencia Tributaria for Spain, Agenzia delle Entrate/ Camera di Commercio for Italy, IMPIC for Portugal etc. Please email email@example.com for further clarification
16. What is the relationship between AIPP & AIPO?
AIPO (Alliance of International Property Owners) is a separate company to, but in common ownership with, AIPP
The role of AIPO is to give all existing British-resident foreign property owners and buyers a dedicated support & resource. Only AIPP members (and a handful of select key strategic partners) are visible & promoted to visitors of AIPO.