The Property Codes Compliance Board (PCCB) is an independent compliance body whose work centres on the Search Code.
The Code has delivered quality standards across the property search industry since 2006.
The PCCB maintains a register of firms committed to operating in accordance with the Search
industry Code of Practice, monitors their compliance with the Code and encourages non-subscribing firms to sign-up to the
Code to promote increased consumer protection.
The benefits to consumers of choosing a firm registered with the PCCB is that the firm is committed to delivering an
agreed standard of consumer service and has agreed to abide with The Property Ombudsman scheme (TPOs) that exists to
provide consumers with appropriate redress in case of any unresolved complaint.
The benefits to firms of registering with the PCCB as a subscriber to the Code are that it demonstrates commitment to industry standards,
best practice and consumer protection. Firms registered with the PCCB as subscribers to the Code are allowed to display the appropriate Code
logo (below) to signify their commitment to the Code.
The home buying and selling process is always changing
therefore it is important that the Search Code can be readily adapted to reflect these changes and to incorporate improvements
identified by the PCCB's compliance regime. To achieve this, the Code is regularly reviewed in consultation with stakeholders,
consumer organisations and the Government. This means aspects of the Code and the Registration Rules can change in response to comments and feedback.
The Search Code is sponsored by the
Council of Property Search Organisations
The sponsor is responsible for setting the standards included in the Code, which will be reviewed at
regular intervals with key industry bodies to ensure best practice. Any queries on the content of the
Search Code should be sent to:
The PCCB seeks to ensure that the information published on its website is up to date and accurate. However, the
information on the website does not constitute legal or professional advice and the PCCB cannot accept any liability
for actions arising from its use nor be held responsible for the contents of any pages referenced by an external link.
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