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News & insights

Keep your finger on the pulse with our property search-related news and updates, from both within Thames Water Property Searches and beyond.

news: 25 July 2022

Climate change makes environmental searches more important than ever

As the UK grapples with hotter weather than ever before this summer, the climate crisis has been brought in to sharp focus. In July we saw the mercury rise to levels never seen before in the UK, with many experts suggesting we could be even deeper in to the climate emergency than previously predicted.

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news: 28 June 2022

Will the cost of living crisis curb the post pandemic property boom?

While the latest House Price Index from the Land Registry shows the property market is still flying high above the rest of the economy, with inflation expected to hit an alarming 11 per cent by the end of the year, and concerns over the rising cost of living impacting consumer confidence, many experts are calling time on the property boom.

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news: 09 May 2022

Post pandemic return to cities as house prices reach new high

While the pandemic triggered a desire in homeowners to move out of town in search of bigger gardens and more scenic locations, the easing of Covid-19 restrictions means many property purchasers have now decided it’s time to move back closer to the action.

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news: 21 April 2022

What the Spring Statement means for the housing market

Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, delivered his Spring Statement to Parliament last month (March) in what has been described as a ‘mini-budget’. While there were few measures directly related to the property market, he did offer some concessions that should benefit many homeowners and renters.

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news: 28 February 2022

Covid-19 two years on: the advent of a new working landscape for property professionals

As we approach the pandemic’s second anniversary it’s fair to say that the world is a different place to when Covid-19 struck back in March 2020. For the vast majority of property professionals, the virus has been a catalyst for change, heralding the widespread digitalisation of many of the industry’s working practices.

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news: 4 January 2022

2022 property market forecast – still busy…but not quite so manic

As an unprecedented year draws to a close, with the highest annual volume of sales and purchases since 2007, conveyancers and other property professionals may be breathing a sigh of relief and looking forward to a well-earned rest.

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news: 06 December 2021

Round up of an extraordinary year: search volumes soared but we pulled together to smash it on turnaround times

As 2021 draws to a close, we reflect on what has been another demanding year for Thames Water Property Searches and our customers. We have had to continue to be adaptable and resilient in order to carry out our duties.

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news: 06 December 2021

Happy Holidays!

We will be open for business throughout the Christmas and New Year period.

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news: 08 November 2021

Thames Water Property Searches are here to help you through a busy autumn.

As we head into the last quarter of the year - traditionally a busy period for conveyancing with buyers and sellers keen to move before Christmas – it's important to prioritise research into any potential issues affecting a property's true market value.

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news: 27 October 2021

Changes to the Commercial Drainage and Water Enquiry

Whatever your commercial property transaction may be, don’t sign on the dotted line without carrying out an official Commercial Drainage and Water Enquiry first (rebranded as the CON29DW Commercial). One of the many searches carried out by Thames Water Property Searches, they are an essential component of the conveyancing process whether you’re purchasing a shop or an office block.

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news: 31 August 2021

You can rely on our commercial searches for potential high street homes

New rules making it easier for commercial buildings to be converted into residential homes have come in to force this month.

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news: 19 July 2021

Thames Water Property Searches help London leavers make sensible choices

Over the course of the last year the Covid pandemic has prompted an exodus from cities with many people looking to take full advantage of the working from home opportunity and move out to more rural areas.

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news: 1 July 2021

Changes to Groundsure residential searches

Working closely with leading suppliers such as Groundsure, Thames Water Property Searches ensure that we not only sell the searches but fully understand the detail within them.

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news: 7 June 2021

A proactive approach to cyber security pays off

Friday afternoon fraud – it’s when criminals target conveyancing firms, the busiest time of the week and – it’s on the increase, a recent cyber security review has found.

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news: 12 May 2021

How Thames Water Property Searches can help you avoid failing on flood risk

When Storm Christoph hit the UK in January of this year, two months' worth of rain fell in just 36 hours. The impact was catastrophic, with 400 homes flooded and insurance industry losses from the storm reaching in the region of £120 million.

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news: 20 April 2021

Government backed 95% mortgage scheme will keep the market buoyant and heralds even busier times ahead for property professionals.

In last month’s Budget, the Government announced a new 95% mortgage guarantee scheme that enables homebuyers to secure a mortgage with as little as a 5% deposit.

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news: 01 March 2021

Make a choice. Choose CON29DW.

Why take a chance?

Protect your client’s property purchases with the official drainage and water enquiry.

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news: 10 February 2021

A service you can rely on ahead of stamp duty deadline

With the deadline for the stamp duty holiday looming ever larger on the horizon, already over stretched property professionals are coming under more pressure than ever before.

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news: 04 January 2021

We don’t stop at search, we start with service

Thames Water Property Searches always start with service that is second to none.

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news: 07 December 2020

Happy Holidays!

We will be open for business throughout the Christmas and New Year period.

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news: 09 November 2020

Thames Water Property Searches Phone Number Change

With the current ongoing challenges, you may occasionally experience delays as we continue to process searches in these challenging times. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your ongoing patience during this time.

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news: 20 April 2020

Changes to Landmark Commercial searches

We would like to inform our customers that from the 18th April 2020, Landmark Information Group have advised that they will be decommissioning two of their commercial reports, RiskView Commercial and Sitecheck Flood.

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news: 3 December 2019

Thames Water Property Searches: Dedicated to training

My inbox is groaning with invitations to 'free' events.  And like you, I have given up several mornings/days attending talks which, although mildly informative, do not compensate for the avalanche of work awaiting me when I return to my desk.

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news: 11 October 2019

Does Fracking Pose a Risk to Your Commercial Property Interests?

Hydraulic fracturing (also known as ‘fracking’) is nothing new in the UK; indeed, it has been used actively in North Sea oil and gas wells since the 1970s.  The more recent phenomenon and one that has garnered a great deal of negative press and controversy is the extraction of shale gas using fracking techniques, which could adversely impact surrounding land and properties.

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news: 30 September 2019

The Effect of the Rising UK Flood Risk on Commercial Property

As a society, we tend to quickly forget past events such as weather-related disasters, rather than heed lessons for the future.  A timely reminder was the recent flooding in the North Yorkshire Dales in July 2019, during which torrential rain caused 100 homes and several businesses to be underwater.

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news: 09 September 2019

The importance of embracing property searches for commercial leases

A commercial property lease is normally one of the biggest overheads a business has after wages. This is not taking into account the initial outlay for renovations often required to ensure the premises is fit to benefit the commercial activities of the leaseholder. However, many organisations instructing Solicitors to manage the legal aspects of securing a commercial lease decline to invest in basic property searches.

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news: 31 May 2019

Events, sponsorship and training opportunities 2019

Our Thames Water Property Searches CPD events are extremely popular. Each year we invite industry leading speakers to present on a wide range of topics relating to the challenges and opportunities currently facing conveyancers. Experts in their field, our speakers provide in-depth knowledge, bags of enthusiasm and some great ideas that can be immediately implemented into your day-to-day activities.

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news: 30 May 2019

Thames Water Property Searches Commercial Conveyancing CPD

According to reports, commercial property is expected to rebound once the uncertainty surrounding Brexit subsides.  A wealth of domestic and overseas investors are poised to advance their plans once a clear picture of the UK’s future is formed.

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news: 14 May 2019

FCI's commercial environmental reports have changed

We are pleased to inform our customers that Future Climate Info have made changes to their commercial environmental reports. From the 8th May 2019, the FCI Commercial Standard and FCI Commercial Premium reports were replaced with two new reports: FCI Retail and FCI Commercial.

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news: 02 May 2019

Commercial Conveyancing and Cyber Security: Beyond the Basics

For business leaders in the conveyancing sector, ‘Friday Afternoon Fraud’, whereby cyber criminals intercept emails between a conveyancer and client to steal funds intended for a property purchase, is now a widely understood and recognised risk to law firms and their clients.  Indeed, authorities and regulators have made great strides in providing detailed guidance on avoiding cyber fraud in property transactions.

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news: 02 May 2019

Thames Water Property Searches Residential Conveyancing CPD

Thames Water Property Searches are delighted to announce a new conveyancing CPD event, focusing on the residential property market, its current status, recent legislation changes, cybersecurity risks and protective measures, and the possible effects of Brexit.

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news: 05 March 2019

Bringing you the new and improved Groundsure Homebuyers report

Working closely with leading suppliers such as Groundsure, Thames Water Property Searches ensure that we not only sell the searches but fully understand the detail within them.

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news: 17 December 2018

CON29DW Updated Terms and Conditions

As a producer of the Law Society's CON29DW, Thames Water Property Searches understand that in a profession that demands comprehensive answers, the CON29DW provides everything you need to know about the water and sewerage assets for your client's property purchase. The data used to compile the report is comprehensive and you can rely on its accuracy with terms and conditions in place to support you and your client.

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news: 22 November 2018

Calling all conveyancers: Future Climate Info’s commercial environmental reports available now

We are pleased to inform our conveyancer customers that Future Climate Info’s innovative suite of commercial environmental Standard and Premium reports are available from Thames Water Property Searches, analysing key data on contaminated land, flood, ground stability, as well as energy and infrastructure.

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news: 19 July 2018

Thames Water Property Searches Notification of Price Changes

Thames Water Property Searches will be increasing the price of its Residential CON29DW and Commercial Drainage & Water Enquiries from 1 September 2018 in line with RPI at 3.23%.

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news: 11 July 2018

Keeping you up-to-date: Local Land Charges moving towards a more digital future

In terms of conveyancing searches, the LLC1 and CON29 are synonymous with local authorities and currently, they are both usually submitted together. However, HMLR’s Local Land Charges Register consolidation programme will see LLC1’s, post data migration, being submitted to and completed by HMLR with only the CON29 going to local authorities.

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