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Mini Product Update – Spring 2014

5th March 2014

  • Lawyer Checker, the online service developed to reduce uncertainty in identifying the legitimacy of vendor conveyancers, have announced that their entry product, the Account Screen, will be discontinued from May 2014. The Account & Entity Screen will remain with no differential in pricing, £10 +VAT and will continue to be available on the ETSOS platform. In addition to the instant result on the outcome of the check against the database, the Account & Entity Screen does the legwork when a potential risk is identified by undertaking further research into the firm:
    • Roll of solicitors/conveyancers
    • Companies House information
    • ICO Data Protection Register
    • FSA Registers
    • Land Registry Transfers of Value lists
    • Sort code look-up
    • Streetview

 

  • Anglian Water’s search arm, Geodesys have announced a price increase effective from 1st April 2014. The price of their residential CON29DW Drainage & Water Enquiry will go up by £1.50 +VAT across the board. Should anybody have any queries on this, please contact your ETSOS account manager.

 

  • Landmark have announced two new updates to their Homecheck Flood report and Energy & Infrastructure report. Both updates reports are available through the ETSOS platform.
    • With flooding and insurance very much in the public eye, Landmark have enhanced their market-leading Homecheck Flood report to offer a solution that not only provides more data than basic flood assessments (including, for example, critical information on the likely depth of a flooding incident) and suggested resistance measures and costs, but also now promotes an insurance broker that will guarantee to beat a high street home contents quote (where low risk is identified) and will always offer a quote even in high risk areas. Even if further negotiation on the purchase price of the property is required as a result, the report offers offering the best chance of the transaction proceeding as quickly as possible.
    • Landmark’s Energy & Infrastructure report has been updated at no extra cost and now includes new data sets covering:
      • Existing and planned solar farms (new data set)
      • High Speed 2 including, critically, the safeguarding limits
      • Crossrail phase 1
      • Historical and existing oil and gas licensed exploration blocks and drilling locations
      • Existing and planned location of wind farms and wind turbines
      • Yorkshire and Humber CCS and Cross Country Pipeline

 

  • South West water have announced  a price freeze on their residential CON29DW. Their commercial searches will see a small increase of £3.25 +VAT on their standard CON29DW while the premium search will go up by £5 +VAT from 1st April 2014.

 

  • Mining Searches UK have announced a £2.50 +VAT price rise on their reports, effective from 4th April 2014. The reports affected are as follows:
    • Metalliferous Mining Search
    • China/Ball Clay Search
    • Limestone/Chalk Search
    • Combined Metalliferous/China/Ball Clay Search
    • Combined Metalliferous/Limestone/Chalk Search

 

  • Yorkshire Water (SafeMove) have announced a price freeze on their residential CON29DW. The standard “Commercial” report, and the “Commercial Plus” are both subject to a £4.50 +VAT increase, effective from 8th April.

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