The study examined landlords’ perception of Estate Surveyors and Valuers as property managers in Awka, Anambra State. The study addressed the following objectives: to examine landlords’ perception of Estate Surveyors and Valuers as property managers in the study area, to examine landlords’ perception of lawyers and other non-professionals as property managers in the study area and, to determine the extent to which landlord’s in the study area are informed about the professional roles of Estate Surveyors and Valuers as property managers. The study made use of well-structured questionnaires as its primary source of data. A total of 150 questionnaires were distributed out of which a total of 102 were retrieved. The data collected were duly presented in frequency and percentage tables and analyzed using the Chi-square test method to validate the hypotheses. The study revealed that landlords in Awka perceive Estate Surveyors and Valuers as trained professionals in the field of property management. However, they also perceive lawyers as property managers and prefer them to manage their properties. Estate Surveyors and Valuers are therefore enjoined to enlighten the public more on who Estate Surveyors and Valuers are and their functions using varous platforms such as social and other electronic media platforms, articles and journals; shun all forms of professional misconduct which can lead to distrust and doubts on their professional competence and also the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) and the Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria (ESVARBON) should reduce the rigorous processes required for one to become a professional Estate Surveyor and Valuer, as the number of professionals in practice still leaves much to be desired.
Keywords: Estate Surveyors and Valuers, Landlord, Perception, property manager
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