Searches UK update clients about changes to Local Authority & Drainage and Water Searches

Searches UK update clients about changes to Local Authority & Drainage and Water Searches

It is of the utmost importance to Searches UK to ensure their clients are fully aware about any changes in the market that may affect their service.

Changes to CON29, CON29O and CON29DW forms will commence on Monday 4th July 2016. The improvements to the CON29 & CON29O forms intend to make interpreting the data obtained from the council easier to understand and improve the consistency of information being received. Changes to the CON29DW form are to ensure the most accurate and up-to-date information is issued.

Searches UK would like to advise their clients that due to these changes there may be slight delays in returning any CON29R and/or CON29O forms submitted between 30th June and 2nd July 2016. Full details about the changes as well as guidance notes and specimen revised notes can be found on The Law Society website.

Searches UK Sales Director, Lisa Summerton, commented:

“There have been a number of changes announced about council (official) local authority searches without definitive answers about when the changes will take effect so we’re pleased to be able to shed some light on what is happening. We will keep our clients updated about these changes to the best of our knowledge and ability and of course our clients are welcome to contact us directly to discuss these matters in more detail if they would like to.”

Council (official) local authority searches were also due to start incorporating a VAT charge into their searches, however this has been deferred for a second time until further notice.

Solicitors and Licensed Conveyancers processing local authority searches have the option to choose a regulated (personal) search which is processed by a local, specialist conveyancing search agent and is covered by Searches UK’s £2 million information accuracy insurance in addition to a further £2 million in PI cover.

A fixed fee is applied to Searches UK’s regulated (personal) local authority searches so in some cases this option provides a saving to their clients compared to an official (council) local authority search. Personal Drainage and Water searches are also available through Searches UK.

Searches UK is a client focused business that strives to deliver an exceptional service to the solicitors and licenced conveyancers who order through them. Their range of products includes both residential and commercial conveyancing searches such as local authority, drainage and water, environmental, energy and infrastructure, mining, planning and chancel checks.

For more information about any of the products and services from Searches UK visit their website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+. Alternatively call them directly on 0800 043 1815 or email them at [email protected] to speak to one of their dedicated team today.

This article was submitted to be published by Searches UK as part of their advertising agreement with Today’s Conveyancer. The views expressed in this article are those of the submitter and not those of Today’s Conveyancer. 

Searches UK

Searches UK is one of the country's leading Conveyancing Search providers.  Founded on the idea that you can combine first-class service with accurate and reliable conveyancing searches without having to compromise, it is our goal to ensure you get the results you need quickly and efficiently.

We offer the full range of conveyancing searches, for both residential and conveyancing transactions, which can be ordered along with our Buyer Protect Scheme if required, ensuring that your clients benefit from our unique reimbursement scheme and are protected from some of the associated costs, should the transaction not complete.  We also offer a wide range of title insurance and indemnity policies and can provide fast turnaround times on EPCs, AML ID checks, Asbestos Surveys and Fire Risk Assessments too.

All our searches are backed with fully comprehensive PI insurance, giving you complete confidence and peace of mind.

We don't use call centres, so when you choose Searches UK, you get direct dial access to one of our skilled conveyancing search specialists, who will have the knowledge and expertise to ensure you get the most accurate results possible at the best value for money.

At Searches UK we understand the difficulties you face in dealing with your risk and compliance obligations and we have ourselves been applauded by Legal Eye for having extremely robust systems in place.  In July 2012 we became the first search provider to have been awarded the Legal Eye Quality Standard.

As well as being an appointed representative of First Title Insurance plc, which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority under registration number 202103.

Contact: Searches UK

Tel: 01273 776625

Email: [email protected]


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