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The Property Ombudsman – revised Codes of Practice

TPO is a government-approved scheme to provide independent redress in relation to disputes between consumers and property agents. 
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HMLR – witnessing of deeds

HMLR has updated various standard documents (including transfers and assents) by adding a side note in the execution panel on the form to point users to PG8: Execution of deeds. 
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HMLR – avoiding requisitions

If HMLR cannot complete a registration they will raise a requisition which sets out the issues to be resolved and the cancellation date. 
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Boundary agreements – a reminder

HMLR title plans only use the general boundaries rule. This means that HMLR will complete a first registration without making a detailed enquiry as to the precise location of the legal boundary. 
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Execution of deeds by companies – HMLR clarification

Property practitioners might be surprised to see HMLR apologise for a lack of clarity – but this is what has happened in relation to the update of PG 8 – Execution of deeds by corporate bodies.
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HMLR requisitions – how to respond

HMLR has reminded practitioners that they can now use the ’reply to requisition’ function within the Portal to:
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CQS Practice Management Standards – leasehold advice

CQS accredited firms are reminded that the CQS Core Practice Management Standards have a new section requiring firms to have a policy in relation to acting in a purchase of a leasehold property which must include a procedure for ensuring advice is given to the client regarding:
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Planning permission – changes become permanent

Since 2013, homeowners have been able to add larger extensions to their property without the need for planning permission. This relaxation of the permitted development rights was intended to be temporary and was due to expire on 30 May 2019. The Town and Country Planning (Permitted Development, Advertisement and Compensation Amendments) (England) (Regulations) 2019 have removed the time limit and the changes have been made permanent.
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Transfers – which one?

HMLR PG 21 contains a useful table outlining which transfer form to use for a number of different transactions.
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Planning process – reminder

Conveyancers have to advise on planning matters for their clients. The planning portal has a useful flowchart to assist.
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