Details of the additional protection and benefits provided by commissioning a code compliant search product from an IPSA regulated member
The IPSA Code of Practice provides assurance that each of the parties involved in a UK property purchase can rely on the results of an IPSA Code Compliant Search; this includes the vendor, the purchaser, their mortgage lender and conveyancers, as well as the Estate Agent.
The Code has been specifically designed to ensure that only those individuals and organisations with the necessary skill and knowledge to carry out competent searches and compile compliant, accurate and reliable search reports may display the ‘Code Compliant’ logo
The Code’s Key Commitments
How do we ensure compliance with the Code?
New members are required to pass a competency exam and submit reports and other documentation for assessment. Only those individuals and organisations achieving the required standard are allowed to display the Code Compliant logo.
All Members are required to take part in the Continuing Professional Development Scheme and to submit to regular checks designed to ensure continued compliance with the Code
What happens if you have a complaint?
If you have a query or complaint about your search, you should first raise it with your search provider as it may be something that is easily rectified. In the event of a serious complaint rather than a simple query you should ask that it be considered under their formal internal complaints procedure. A copy of your search provider’s complaints procedure should be attached to the search report
The way in which complaints are dealt with, as well as other non-compliance issues, is monitored by the Compliance and Disciplinary Council (CDC). Established in 2006 the CDC is an independent body set up to oversee the investigation of any such issues and ensure a fair and proper outcome
If you are still dissatisfied you can refer your complaint to The Independent Professional Search Adjudication Scheme
The IPSAS adjudication scheme operated by IDRS Ltd, part of the CEDR Disputes Group, is one of Europe’s most prominent dispute resolution service providers and offers a further independent and cost effective arbitration solution
We will co-operate fully with the Arbitrator during any investigation and comply with his decision.
For full details please refer to your search providers complaints procedure
The Association of Independent Personal Search Agents:
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