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HMLR – LLC data transfer

May 2020 | Conveyancing

We reported most recently in our December 2019/January 2020 edition (p3) on the continuing transfer of local land charges (LLC) data from local authorities to HMLR. The updated list of local authorities whose data has been transferred is as follows: 17 January 2019 Local authorities Transfer date Blackpool Council 20 November 2018 Carlisle City Council …

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Document signing – HMLR’s view

May 2020 | Conveyancing

We reported in our April 2020 edition (p3) on a recent case about witnessing documents as well as current thinking on electronic signatures and the legislative provisions. In these days of social distancing, how to get deeds witnessed is proving a vexed issue for practitioners. HMLR’s view remains unchanged. Generally, any document which effects a …

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HMLR determination of leases – update

May 2020 | Conveyancing

HMLR has updated clause 7.1 of PG 26 to make it clear that if a lease is determined by notice, a copy of that notice must accompany the HMLR application. Source: www.gov.uk/government/publications/leases-determination.

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HMLR – Covid-19 impact

May 2020 | Conveyancing

Conveyancing practitioners are advised to regularly check the HMLR website regarding the disruption to or alteration of services due to the Covid-19 situation. At the time of going to print, HMLR reports that they anticipate minimal disruption to: bankruptcy searches; land charges searches; local land charges searches; MapSearch; official copies of documents; official searches of …

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Will signing – challenges

May 2020 | Wills, probate and administration

As practitioners know of course, to be valid, a will must be properly signed and witnessed. Generally, this means that the testator must sign the will in the presence of two independent witnesses who must also sign in the presence of the testator. In essence this means that all three people must be in the …

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Conveyancing – Q&A

May 2020 | Conveyancing

Property practitioners may be interested to know that the Gazette has published a ‘Coronavirus Q&A: Conveyancing and clients’ with the chair of the Conveyancing and Land Law Committee. It notes some of the issues we have mentioned in this edition. See www.lawgazette.co.uk.

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Land Registration Rules – update

May 2020 | Conveyancing

In case practitioners need to access the most up to date version of the LRR 2003, note that HMLR published these on 16 April 2020. They incorporate amendments to Rules 216 and 217 and a new rule 216A has been added by the Land Registration (Amendment Rules) 2020. These relate to what constitutes an ‘interrupted’ …

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HMLR PG 19 – update

May 2020 | Conveyancing

Property practitioners will know that PG 19 is important and often used as it deals with notices, restrictions and the protection of third-party interests in the register. It is thus important to keep up to date with changes to this guide in particular. Section 2.2 has been updated to make it clear that a purely …

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Registering a company charge – no change

May 2020 | Commercial

It seems odd to include a ‘status quo’ situation in an update. But Companies House has relaxed a number of requirements to assist companies dealing with the Covid-19 situation. However, conveyancers and company practitioners should note that Section 859A of the Companies Act 2006 continues to apply and a lender’s solicitor still has to register …

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