An estate agent has blasted his local council for "unacceptable" delays that mean searches can take up to 17 weeks.
Mark Parker, director of Parker's agency in Dorset, has written to his local MP, Sir Oliver Letwin, in disgust at the time West Dorset district council takes on searches.
The Dorset Echo - which reported the 17 week delay a year ago - now says the letter from Parker indicates the situation has not improved.
In his letter, the agent has described the current situation as "the worst in the country" leading to "deepest concerns" that mean sales have been collapsing.
He adds that his local situation appears "preposterous" compared to other local authorities which turn around searches in two weeks.
Parker told the Tory MP: "Locally and nationally, the reputation of the local authority and your party deteriorates and constant questions are raised about the efficiency, ability and motivation of those in a position to address the issue."
He goes on: "Aside from your reputation, concerns for the district council and your own party, the problem is directly and significantly affecting the people living and working in your constituency."
Parker concludes: "This is an issue of absurd scale presenting undue stress to buyers, sellers, legal firms, estate agents and council workers alike. As a local authority, charging one of the higher premiums for the search service, I feel that to a large extent the service should be self-funded and appropriately staffed."
Estate Agent Today has left messages with Sir Oliver Letwin and with the district council over the weekend.