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Terrafirma are proud to be an Executive member of the Council of Property Search Organisations (CoPSO) and a subscriber to The Search Code, sitting under the Jurisdiction of the Property Codes Compliance Board.

We have been the driving force behind much improved market compliance in mining and ground risk assessment. All the services Terrafirma offer are built around a CoPSO compliance baseline and we take pride in our commitment to continually exceed this to provide only a market-leading standards. 


Our membership allows you peace of mind that your searches follow a code designed to protect property sales and promotes the best practice and professional standards that we, here at Terrafirma, at proud to provide to our customers.


The Search Code:

  • provides protection for homebuyers, sellers, estate agents, conveyancers and mortgage lenders who rely on the information included in property search reports undertaken by subscribers on residential and commercial property within the United Kingdom.

  • sets out minimum standards which firms compiling and selling search reports have to meet.

  • promotes the best practice and quality standards within the industry for the benefit of consumers and property professionals.

  • enables consumers and property professionals to have confidence in firms which subscribe to the code, their products and services.

  • By giving you this information, we are confirming that we keep to the principles of the Code. This provides important protection for you.


The Code Principles

  • display the Search Code logo prominently on their search reports

  • act with integrity and carry out work with due skill, care and diligence

  • at all times maintain adequate and appropriate insurance to protect consumers

  • conduct business in an honest, fair and professional manner

  • handle complaints speedily and fairly

  • ensure that products and services comply with industry registration rules and standards and relevant laws

  • monitor their compliance with the Code

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If you have a query or complaint about your search, you should raise it directly with the search firm, and if appropriate ask for any complaint to be considered under their formal internal complaints procedure. If you remain dissatisfied with the firm’s final response, after your complaint has been formally considered, or if the firm has exceeded the response timescales, you may refer your complaint for consideration under The Property Ombudsman scheme (TPOs). The Ombudsman can award up to £5,000 to you if the Ombudsman finds that you have suffered actual financial loss and/or aggravation, distress or inconvenience as a result of your search provider failing to keep to the Code.

Please note that all queries or complaints regarding your search should be directed to your search provider in the first instance, not to TPOs or to the PCCB. In the event, you would like to contact the TPO:

The Property Ombudsman scheme
Milford House
43-55 Milford Street
Wiltshire SP1 2BP

Tel: 01722 333306
Fax: 01722 332296

You can get more information about the PCCB from


Independent Dispute Resolution and Complaints Procedure

Complaints should be sent to: Senior Executive, Terrafirma - Address: 2440 The Quadrant, Aztec West Business Park, Almondsbury, Bristol, BS32 4AQ; Email:; Telephone: 0330 900 7500

If you make a complaint and we are unable to resolve it to your satisfaction you may refer the complaint to The Property Ombudsman scheme (web site, email: We will co-operate fully with the Ombudsman during an investigation and comply with the Ombudsman’s final decision.

 If you want to make a complaint, we will:

  • Acknowledge it within 5 working days of receipt.

  • Normally deal with it fully and provide a final response, in writing, within 20 working days of receipt.

  • Keep you informed by letter, telephone or e-mail, as you prefer, if we need more time.

  • Provide a final response, in writing, at the latest within 40 working days of receipt.

  • Liaise, at your request, with anyone acting formally on your behalf.