HMLR Practice Guide updates: PG80, PG26 & PG73

HM Land Registry has released details of changes to several practice guides in this week’s update.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): useful information for conveyancers (PG80)

This guide:

  • provides information about changes to HM Land Registry’s practice to facilitate conveyancing and registration following the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
  • identifies other practice guides containing information that may be of particular assistance in the current circumstances
  • gives brief details of legislation passed in response to the coronavirus outbreak and relevant to conveyancers

Change made: section 4.3 has been amended. The protections from forfeiture for non-payment of rent for business tenancies have been extended to 25 March 2022 in England by the Business Tenancies (Protection from Forfeiture: Relevant Period) (Coronavirus) (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2021 and to 30 September 2021 in Wales by the Business Tenancies (Extension of Protection from Forfeiture etc) (Wales) (Coronavirus) (No. 2) Regulations 202, both of which came in to force on 30 June 2021.

Leases: determination (PG26)

This guide gives information about the different situations in which leases are determined and how the determination affects registered titles. It gives advice on how to lodge an application with HM Land Registry and sets out the documentation required in support of an application.

Change made: note 3 to section 8 has been amended. The protections from forfeiture for non-payment of rent and recovery of rent for business tenancies have been extended to 25 March 2022 in England by the Business Tenancies (Protection from Forfeiture: Relevant Period) (Coronavirus) (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2021 and to 30 September 2021 in Wales by the Business Tenancies (Extension of Protection from Forfeiture etc) (Wales) (Coronavirus) (No. 2) Regulations 2021, both of which came into force on 30 June 2021.

Statements of truth (PG73)

This guide gives information about the use of statements of truth in support of applications to HM Land Registry.

Change made: section 3 has been amended to set out the steps to be followed when a statement of truth is signed using either Mercury signing (section 3.1) or an electronic signing platform (section 3.2).

More information about guidance on accepted signatures including wet ink, mercury signing and electronic signatures can be found here.

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