Land Data, the NLIS regulator, has today announced five organisations have been shortlisted as prospective licensed channels for NLIS (the National Land Information Service), the electronic data provider of land and property search information.  
 
The prospective new Channel Service Providers will become the interface for NLIS data, extending the reach for the conveyancing profession to access authoritative property search data electronically. NLIS is the leader in the provision of electronic property searches and provides data through a single gateway, from official sources of land and property information, including all Local Authorities in England and Wales, Land Registry and the Coal Authority.
 
The newly appointed NLIS Channel Service Providers will be announced in October.  A number of other organisations applied outside the application timeframe and will be considered for the April 2010 license application.
 
Land Data, Chief Executive Jan Boothroyd comments: “It has been very encouraging to see the response to our new NLIS license model.  By bringing a wider spectrum of channels to the NLIS Hub, we have acted on OFT’s  2005 Property Searches market study recommendation to enable new NLIS Hub electronic connections to be established.  We believe the new channels will significantly expand the NLIS market share and ultimately improve the online conveyancing search process.”