Councils slammed for delaying property transactions

Posted: 16/02/2016

A regulatory body for property searches has condemned some councils for delaying transactions due to the “very poor service” which they provide.

The Search Code of Practice regulator, the Property Codes Compliance Board says that private sector search companies and local authorities supply conveyancers with crucial information through the LLC1 and CON29 search documents about properties that are being purchased.

It also said that the most local authorities deliver a good service but according to the chairman of PCCB, Kate Davies, an increasing number are “performing woefully”

She continued “We’re very concerned that the home buying and selling public are being adversely affected by very poor performance by some local authorities and in some cases transactions are breaking down due to the delays”

“If you live in Wiltshire for example, it is an accident of geography if a lawyer can expect to receive searches back in six days or six weeks, and this is totally unacceptable” she insists.

Kate Faulkner manages the consumer-focussed online service ‘Property Checklists’ and is also a leading property market analysts in the country and board member of PCCB says that as the property market is unstable “the last thing that prospective homebuyers and sellers need is unnecessary delays for which there is absolutely no excuse.”

She maintained that “personal search companies are being frustrated in their ability to deliver first class service to lawyer clients by a number of local authorities who are taking far longer to provide access to data than other councils.”

Kirsty Rogers, Pali Ltd

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