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SIM – reminder

June 2022 | Conveyancing

Conveyancers are reminded of the importance of the Official Search of the Index Map (SIM). HMLR keeps a computerised map based on the Ordnance Survey map. This computerised map provides an index of the land in every registered title and pending application for first registration. Any person may apply using form SIM for an official …

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Ground rents – 2022 Act

June 2022 | Conveyancing

We have reported on the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022 in our April 2022 (p5) and May 2022 (p11) editions. A useful article summarises when the Act will apply and issues that conveyancers should be looking out for. This is an area fraught with risk and conveyancing firms should review their leasehold reports and …

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Sentencing – burglary

June 2022 | Crime

Practitioners need to know that new, more flexible sentencing guidelines will come into force on 1 July 2022, covering both domestic and commercial burglary offences, and aggravated burglary. There will be a stepped approach to sentencing in line with more recent sentencing guidelines. They also introduce middle categories in respect of harm and culpability to …

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HMLR – view colleagues’ applications on the Portal

June 2022 | Conveyancing

HMLR has made a seemingly small but significant change to the Portal. The ‘view my applications’ service was introduced in August 2020 which allows Portal users to manage all applications, correspondence, notices, requisitions and letters in one central place. However, a continuing risk for conveyancing firms is the fact that if the particular Portal user …

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Fire safety measures – NHBC

June 2022 | Commercial

This particular article could easily be posted within conveyancing, landlord and tenant, or professional. It concerns a decision by the Financial Ombudsman Service regarding a complaint by homeowners against the National House Building Council (NHBC). Conveyancing practitioners will be all too aware of the impact of cladding and fire safety risks on affected properties. Unsafe …

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HMLR – application types

June 2022 | Conveyancing

HMLR is on a drive to decrease the number of requisitions raised in relation to registrations submitted by law firms. The digital application process is part of this drive, as is putting out much more practical information to assist firms. An unanswered requisition could lead to the cancellation of a registration application, so firms should …

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Covid insolvency measures – ended

June 2022 | Commercial

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 introduced various temporary measures to help protect companies affected by the lockdown restrictions during the pandemic. Most of these measures expired at the end of June and September 2021, except for restrictions on winding up companies, which were extended until 31 March 2022. This remaining insolvency restriction was …

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