Pre-contract searches and enquiries

Companies House
www.companies-house.gov.uk
Online company searches are available from the Companies House website.

Countrywide Legal Indemnities
www.countrywidelegal.co.uk
Offers an insurance solution when there are concerns about contamination. The insurance policy on offer is intended to cover homeowners against the potential liability for remediation costs of any contaminants found on their land.

Environment Agency
www.environment-agency.gov.uk
The Environment Agency has made maps available on the internet that show areas potentially liable to flooding. This is a free service and can be accessed using a property postcode.

Homecheck
www.homecheck.co.uk
Environmental risk can be checked without cost on this site.

Homecheck professional
www.homecheckpro.co.uk
Online environmental searches can be carried out at this site. It will also provide a certificate, where possible, confirming that the subject property is not likely to be described as 'contaminated land' as defined by section 78 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Land Registry
www.landregistry.gov.uk
Details of Land Registry services and the search facilities available online.

Landmark Information Group
www.landmark.co.uk
Environmental searches can be obtained from the Landmark Information Group. They can assist with both residential and commercial properties.

Royal Town Planning Institute
www.rtpi.org.uk

Water UK
http://water.org.uk
Details of the English Water Service Companies can be obtained from Water UK 1 at Queen Anne's Gate, London SW1H 9BT.