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INNSA Appoints New Independent Chairman

The Invasive Non-Native Specialists Association (INNSA) has announced the appointment of James Sherwood-Rogers as Chairman with effect from 1st September 2016. Sherwood Rogers, who has an impressive CV in the property industry succeeds Mike Clough, the f…

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PCCB to present at CoPSO Annual Conference

The date of this year's CoPSO Annual Conference has been announced.  It will take place on Thursday 27th October at the Victory Services Club in London and all code subscribers are encouraged to attend, as this year marks the 10th anniversary of the Sear…

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PCCB expresses concern at woeful performance by some Local Authorities

Local authorities causing delays to property sales and purchases

The Property Codes Compliance Board (PCCB), the regulator for the Search Code of Practice, today took the unusual step of publicly stating its concern at the very poor service being pro…

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Annual Conference

Another successful CoPSO Conference was held at the Victory Services Club on 15th October and, now in its 4th year, it brought together a large number of members for the day.

The day started with PCCB Inspectors, Denis Purshouse and the newest memb…

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CoPSO ANNOUNCES CONFERENCE SPONSORS

CoPSO is delighted that the Landmark Information Group has agreed to sponsor their annual conference on 15th October.  The event is to be held at the Victory Services Club in London and expects to attract around 100 delegates, including Search Code subsc…

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CoPSO Annual Conference

CoPSO Annual Conference 2015 - date announced

CoPSO will be holding its Annual Conference on Thursday 15th October at the Victory Services Club, London and PCCB inspectors will be holding a morning workshop for all Search Code subscribers.  We encourag…

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Search Industry Annual Conference 2014

Search Industry Annual Conference 2014

The Council of Property Search Organisations (CoPSO) held its annual conference in Derby last year on 16th October. Following on from the…

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Search Industry Conference

The Council of Property Search Organisations (CoPSO) held their second event for the search industry last week. Attracting over 80 members from across the industry, the conference, which was specifically tailored for those from within the searches profes…

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Search Company Suspended From Industry-wide Code

The  has announced that London based Legal & More Limited has been suspended from the , after failing to meet the required standards set out by the Code. The company, which failed to meet the …

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PCCB suspends registration of search firm

The Property Codes Compliance Board (PCCB) today announced that it has suspended the registration of Ms K & Mrs J Burridge t/a Search Pack UK and Epcworx (also/previously known as Fasthipsuk also trading as Southwest Energy Assessors, Hipsearchuk an…

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PCCB welcomes revised Search Code

The PCCB has today welcomed the publication of a revised and strengthened Search Code by the Council of Property Search Organisations (CoPSO).
It also released its annual report…
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Revised Search Code and Consultation Announced

The Council of Property Search Organisations (CoPSO), owner of the Search Code of Practice, has announced a revised Code to reflect the new market environment while still maintaining standards. A corresponding consultation with key stakeholders has also …

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PCCB Statement on Suspension of HIPs

In the light of today's Government statement, the PCCB has suspended its compliance activities in respect of the HIP Code with immediate effect. It will also review its role in relation to both the Search Code and any subsequent developments in the marke…

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PCCB Cancels Registration of HIP Firm

Press release: 6 May 2010

For immediate release

The PCCB has today cancelled the registration of HIP-Save Ltd and HIPserve (UK) Ltd as a subscriber to the HIP Code of Practice for failure to comply with PCCB’s Registration Rules.

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Revised HIP Code announced

EXCHANGE READY PACKS RECOGNISED IN REVISED HIP CODE

The HIP Code has been amended to protect consumers, estate agents, conveyancers and mortgage lenders using an Exchange Ready Pack (ERP), an enhanced HIP that provides additional legal documents upfro…

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PCCB suspends registration of HIP Provider

The Property Codes Compliance Board (PCCB) today announced that it has suspended the registration of HIP Code subscriber HIP-Save Ltd and HIPserve (UK) Ltd after it persistently failed to meet the Board’s compliance requirements and thereby comply with P…

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First Codes Workshop of 2010 in Leeds

The PCCB is pleased to announce that the next Codes Workshop, organised jointly with AHIPP and CoPSO, is scheduled to take place on Thursday 18 March 2010 in the International Room at the offices of the Institute of Directors in Leeds (3 Albion Place, Le…

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Birmingham Trading Standards Announces Mystery Shopping Exercise Results

Trading Standards of Birmingham City Council today announced the results of a mystery shopping exercise among estate agents and HIP providers conducted by Trading Standards which was supported by PCCB.

PCCB welcomes the publication of these results wh…

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PCCB Finds Good Personal Search Standards

A recent PCCB compliance exercise has revealed good quality standards amongst personal searches and confirmed that they are just as reliable as Local Authority Searches.

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Check your HIP logo consumers and agents advised

The Property Codes Compliance Board (PCCB) has today published new advice to property professionals to ensure that industry due diligence procedures do not impose unnecessary costs to consumers. The advice comes amid concerns that consumers are being for…

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Better Support Promised for Homeowners over HIPs

Property Ombudsman to handle more enquiries and disputes
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Industry Action Defies Downturn

The property market’s woes have done nothing to dent its efforts to guarantee high standards across the board over the last year, an industry regulator said today.
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PCCB suspends and fines Bristol HIP Provider

The Property Codes Compliance Board (PCCB) today announced that it has suspended HIP Code subscriber Apollo Surveys after it failed to meet the Board’s tough inspection requirements.

The Bristol based company cancelled two successive prearranged meeti…

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New Collaboration Boosts Consumer Protection - 'Move is good news' says Which?

Two main bodies involved in the residential property sector today announced plans for closer collaborative working. The Property Codes Compliance Board (PCCB) and the Ombudsman for Estate Agents (OEA) - who between them share responsibility for setting s…

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New Content for Search and HIP Code Workshop

The PCCB is pleased to confirm that the first Search and HIP Codes Workshop of 2009 is set for Thursday 19 February at the Ramada Jarvis Hotel in Manchester.

To ensure delegates receive the maximum possible benefit from their time at these events, a n…

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Industry Effort to Drive Forward HIP Standards Welcomed

Press release: 18 February 2009

The Home Information Pack (HIP) industry has taken another stride forward in its efforts to promote high quality consumer standards, the Property Codes Compliance Board (PCCB) said today. The PCCB is the independent bod…

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PCCB cancels Registration of Search and HIP Provider

Press release: 29 October 2008

The PCCB today cancelled the registration of Consearch as a subscriber to the Search and HIP Codes of Practice for failure to comply with PCCB’s Registration Rules.

The Blackburn based search and HIP provider was rece…

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Property Regulator calls time on flawed HIPs

Press release: 2 October 2008

The regulatory body for Home Information Pack and search providers, the Property Codes Compliance Board (PCCB), today reacted swiftly in response to an investigation into HIPs by Birmingham Trading Standards, which saw fi…

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PCCB Supports Carsberg Call for New Regulatory Framework

Press release: 1 July 2008

The Property Codes Compliance Board (PCCB) – the body responsible for regulating HIP providers and personal search companies that subscribe to the HIP and Search Codes of Practice - has come out in support of Sir Bryan Carsb…

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HIP and Search Code workshop a hit with subscribers

Press release: 27 June 2008

The latest HIP and Search Code Workshop in Huddersfield yesterday proved extremely popular with Code subscribers, with an attendance of over 50 delegates. With these events now running quarterly at venues around the country…

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New Property Codes Compliance Board Chairman Appointed

Press release: 13 June 2008

The Property Codes Compliance Board (PCCB) has appointed Richard Footitt as its new Chairman.

Richard, a former senior civil servant with the Department for Communities and Local Government, brings a wealth of relevant e…

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PCCB Reports Good Compliance with the HIP and Search Codes of Practice

Press release: 29 April 2008

A recent desktop audit of personal searches and Home Information Packs (HIPs) produced by firms registered with the Property Codes Compliance Board (PCCB) has revealed good levels of compliance with the Search and HIP Code…

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PCCB presents at next Code Workshop on 17 December

The PCCB will be supporting the next CoPSO/AHIPP Codes Workshop taking place on Monday 17 December at the offices of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London.

PCCB’s Head of Operations, Frank Finch, will make a presentation on key areas of com…

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PCCB commences inspection of search firms and HIP providers

Press release: 5 November 2007

The Property Codes Compliance Board (PCCB) has formally launched its full inspection and compliance monitoring regime for all private search firms and HIP providers registered with the PCCB.

Following an in-depth 18 m…

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Growing Support for Industry Search and HIP Codes

Press release: 17 October 2007

Support for the Search and HIP Codes of Practice has been growing at a fast pace since the recent introduction of Home Information Packs (HIPs) into the housing market. 220 firms are now registered with the Property Code…

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Second Version of HIP code now live - 13 September 2007

Second Version of HIP code now live - 13 September 2007

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HIP Code and Search Code Workshop - 24 July 2007

HIP Code and Search Code Workshop - 24 July 2007

On Tuesday 24 July, the sponsors of the Codes (AHIPP and CoPSO) will jointly host a Code Compliance Workshop at the Hatton Centre in London.

The Workshop is aimed at Code Compliance Officers and will…

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Press Release - Lenders back new search industry standards says PCCB

Press Release

Lenders back new search industry standards says PCCB

Wednesday 20 June 2007

Following the introduction of the Search Code prescribing standards for firms providing searches as part of the home buying process, over 30% of the 90 len…

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PCCB introduces rolling year registration.

PCCB introduces rolling year registration – for all current registered firms and firms yet to register, registration periods will now run for 12 months from the date of registration.

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Independent Property Codes Adjudication Scheme updated

Independent Property Codes Adjudication Scheme updated

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Professional Indemnity Insurance Requirements

Professional Indemnity Insurance Requirements

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29 September 2006 - New regulator for the property search industry

29 September 2006 - New regulator for the property search industry

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15 September 2006: PCCB website Launched

The new PCCB website is now available on the web. It gives full information about the PCCB and both the Search Code and the HIP Code.

The Search Code provides protection for homebuyers, sellers, conveyancers and mortgage lenders, who rely on the infor…

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14 September 2006: Workshop

On 14 September 2006, the Council of Property Search Organisations (CoPSO) and the Association of Home Information Pack Providers (AHIPP) hosted a one-day workshop for nearly 100 delegates on the Search and HIP Codes.

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Latest News

INNSA Appoints New Independent Chairman

The Invasive Non-Native Specialists Association (INNSA) has announced the appointment of James Sherwood-Rogers as Chairman with effect from 1st September 2016. Sherwood Rogers, who has an impressive CV in the property industry succeeds Mike Clough, the f…

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PCCB to present at CoPSO Annual Conference

The date of this year's CoPSO Annual Conference has been announced.  It will take place on Thursday 27th October at the Victory Services Club in London and all code subscribers are encouraged to attend, as this year marks the 10th anniversary of the Sear…

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