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23rd October 2017

Celebrating 15 years of the CON29DW: 2002 to 2017 and beyond

The Drainage and Water Searches Network (DWSN) hosted a celebratory lunch for senior industry stakeholders at The Gherkin, London on Thursday, 19 October to mark the 15th Anniversary of the CON29DW.

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The Drainage and Water Searches Network (DWSN) hosted a celebratory lunch for senior industry stakeholders at The Gherkin, London on Thursday, 19 October to mark the 15th Anniversary of the CON29DW.

Kate Faulkner, Property Commentator and Director, Designs on Property, provided a lively and insightful opening to the lunch with a property market review. Kate took guests through the key changes for homebuyers and sellers and their advisers from 2002 to today, before looking ahead to the prospects for the next 15 years, and the dominant forces driving change in the consumer landscape and what these might bring for the future property market. All of which provided food for thought for informed debate for the remainder of the lunch.

“From just two questions before 2002, to 25 standard questions 15 years on today, the Enquiry provides the essential and qualified information about a property’s water and sewerage assets to mitigate homebuyers, lenders and professional advisers’ risks. DWSN are looking forward to working with the Law Society and other key stakeholders to continue to develop and shape the CON29DW for the future.”

Kevin Brown, Chair of DWSN and Director, Geodesys

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LS Gazette Conveyancing Roundtable 110917 - Kevin Brown
21st October 2017

Conveyancing: Home Truths

DWSN were proud to sponsor this year’s Law Society Gazette Conveyancing Roundtable chaired by Editor, Eduardo de Reyes and hosted by TLT.

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DWSN were proud to sponsor this year’s Law Society Gazette Conveyancing Roundtable chaired by Editor, Eduardo de Reyes and hosted by TLT.

Exploring market changes and the impacts of changes in Stamp Duty and Brexit, as well as the urgent challenges around referrals, the standing of conveyancers, pressure on fees plus cyber fraud. It was a morning of lively, generally upbeat and informed debate.

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28th April 2017

15 years of being clearly essential

2017 sees the 15th anniversary of the CON29DW. Developed in 2002 by the Law Society, government departments and water companies, the CON29DW has been continuously ­ improved and updated to reflect an ever-changing water industry and legislative framework. Read our Guide to the CON29DW.

 

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2017 sees the 15th anniversary of the CON29DW. Developed in 2002 by the Law Society, government departments and water companies, the CON29DW has been continuously ­ improved and updated to reflect an ever-changing water industry and legislative framework. Read our Guide to the CON29DW.

 

From just two questions in the local authority search, the new CON29DW enquiry was developed in 2002 to include the location of sewer and water mains, the connection status of a property, and billing information. Today, the enquiry comprises 25 standard questions answered in full, from sewerage and water asset information to sewer flooding history and connection information, giving peace of mind and mitigating risk for homebuyers, property owners and conveyancers alike.

The CON29DW is compiled by specialist teams with years of experience using a vast range of water and sewerage data, checking and reviewing each report, then passing the data through various quality and review stages, before it’s delivered to customers.

There have been multi-million pound investments in this service by CON29DW producers in order to improve product quality and speed of response. Today, over 95% of reports are delivered within five working days.

Visit www.con29dw.co.uk or read our Guide to the CON29DW  to find out about the CON29DW or to identify your local producer.

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Why COMMERCIALDW?
16th March 2017

CommercialDW Update – Conveyancers’ Briefing Note

From April 2017, all non-household customers in England will be able to choose their supplier of water and sewerage retail services. This is a result of a change in the law under the Water Act 2014, designed to introduce competition into the water industry. As a result, CommercialDW providers have had to make a small number of changes to the CommercialDW Enquiry.

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From April 2017, all non-household customers in England will be able to choose their supplier of water and sewerage retail services. This is a result of a change in the law under the Water Act 2014, designed to introduce competition into the water industry. As a result, CommercialDW providers have had to make a small number of changes to the CommercialDW Enquiry.

Whilst existing water companies will still own and maintain water and sewerage networks, services including billing, handling customer queries and complaints, and meter reading will be provided by a number of different companies (see www.open-water.org.uk/).

This change will have an impact on the Commercial Drainage and Water Enquiry (CommercialDW). This briefing note explains the changes and what commercial property conveyancers need to be aware of.

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4th July 2016

The Law Society publish revised CON29 and CON29O forms

The Law Society published the revised CON29 and CON29O forms on 4 July 2016

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The Law Society published the revised CON29 and CON29O forms on 4 July 2016

In support of the roll-out, the Law Society have provided guidance notes, developed in consultation with Land Data, the Local Land Charges Institute and the Local Government Association, to provide guidance to local authorities in replying to CON29 and CON29O enquiries of local authorities. Click here to view these guidance notes.

The Law Society has been working closely with DWSN providers to develop the updated CON29DW enquiry form for the 4th July 2016 deadline. The updated CON29DW reflects changes in legislation and so provides conveyancers with the most up-to-date information available when advising their clients on the impact of water and waste water networks in relation to property purchases.

A briefing note explaining the changes to the CON29DW enquiry can be found here.

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