From today, TM Search Choice will break the NLIS monopoly on electronic land searches by providing electronic official searches direct from all the local authorities in England & Wales, thereby significantly reducing the cost of land and property searches.
TM Search Choice is part of TM Group, which orders nearly 200,000 searches per month, including searches for around 40% of all Home Information Packs (HIPs) in England & Wales. Since the launch of the National Land Information Service (NLIS) in April 1999, TM Group has ordered nearly 2 million searches per year. John Carolan, managing director of TM Search Choice said “The annual cost of an NLIS licence plus a £20.60 per search charge has been cost-prohibitive, and has delayed the UK Government’s vision of national e-conveyancing. Ultimately, it is the consumer who has been suffering from a lack of a cost-effective service to date.”
“Our vision is that official searches should be conducted online; efficiently, quickly and cost effectively,” says John Carolan. “We’ve been working in close partnership with local authorities in England & Wales and are constantly refining our service to meet the needs of each individual local authority. What’s more, if discounts are given by a local authorities, we will pass them on to the consumer.”