HMLR Updates

HM Land Registry (HMLR) have provided guidance for conveyancers on how to register unregistered estates in land for the first time (practice guide 1).

Section 4.4.4.1 has been amended to clarify existing practice and Section 4.4.3 has been amended to reflect current practice.

This guide deals with the procedure to be followed when applying for first registration of unregistered estates in land. It does not deal with the effects of registration or the characteristics of the various classes of title with which land may be registered.

More information available here.

HM Land Registry: Local Land Charges Programme

They are working with local authorities to create a national local land charges service that will speed up searches and reduce their cost. On 10th March, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council has been added to the list of local authorities that have joined the Local Land Charges Register.

More information available here.

HM Land Registry (HMLR) have provided guidance for conveyancers in regards to rectification and indemnity (PG39).

This guide includes information on making an application for rectification and indemnity (including reimbursement of costs and other expenses), on points to consider in cases of fraud and on other circumstances when indemnity may be payable.

On 12th March Section 10 was amended to confirm that where a conveyancer has carried out the higher standard of identity verification described in practice guide 81: encouraging the use of digital technology in identity requirements, HM Land Registry will not pursue a recourse claim resulting from the registration of a fraudulent transaction.

More information available here.

HM Land Registry (HMLR) have provided information about their enhanced level of digital identity verification (practice guide 81), encouraging the use of digital technology in identity verification (PG81)

This guide sets out the steps required to meet HM Land Registry’s enhanced level of digital identity verification. It includes information on the effect of reaching the standard.

More information available here.

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