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HMLR – digital applications

December 2021/January 2022 | Conveyancing

HMLR has made an important announcement and has given firms a year to adapt. From November 2022 it will only accept digital applications for simple updates to existing titles via HMLR’s online customer portal. From this date, HMLR will no longer accept scanned or PDF copies of AP1s for changes to existing titles by the …

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HMLR – fees

December 2021/January 2022 | Conveyancing

HMLR is clearly in the mood to make significant announcements at the moment. Not only will firms be obliged to use the digital application service next year but, much sooner than that, HMLR land registration fees will increase for the first time since 2009. From 31 January 2022, fees will increase for first registrations and …

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HMLR – form RXC

December 2021/January 2022 | Conveyancing

We reported in our September 2021 edition (p9) on HMLR’s new form RXC. HMLR PG 19 (notices and restrictions) has been updated to explain how form RXC works and should be used. It is a voluntary form designed to help practitioners provide consents and certificates to comply with the terms of restrictions. The form states …

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HMLR – how to read a title register

December 2021/January 2022 | Conveyancing

Many conveyancing practitioners have excellent support staff working with them but whom the fee-earners often have precious little time to train. Accordingly, HMLR’s new resource entitled ‘How to read the title register’ will be a helpful addition to any conveyancing training or induction. It explains in straightforward language the registers of title by reference to …

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HMLR – electronically signed deeds

December 2021/January 2022 | Conveyancing

Firms which use electronic signatures for deeds should check section 13.6 of PG8 (execution of deeds). This provides information as to how deeds that have been signed electronically can be amended. HMLR somewhat optimistically states that ‘it should rarely be necessary to amend a deed after it has been executed’. HMLR has issued what it …

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Conveyancing – new forms

December 2021/January 2022 | Conveyancing

Various conveyancing bodies have announced that new versions of LPE1, LPE2 and FME1 will be launched on 11 January 2022. Firms may wish to liaise with their forms providers to ensure that they are using the new forms from January. Here’s hoping the managing agents can send them out more quickly on leasehold sales.

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Scam warning – flyer

November 2021 | Conveyancing

A recent case in which a property purchaser was defrauded out of £640,000 has been widely reported in the national media. All conveyancing firms should be acutely aware of the danger of criminals intercepting emails between them and their clients and should take steps to minimise the risk of fraud. Such is the seriousness of …

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HMLR local land charges – data transfer

November 2021 | Conveyancing

We periodically report on the progress of HMLR’s project to transfer local land charges data from local authorities to HMLR. The objective is to standardise and transfer local land charges register information to one accessible place. Common obligations protected as local land charges include: planning permissions (these form the majority of charges); listed buildings; conservation …

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Solicitor’s Duty to Non-client

| Conveyancing

Response to Roger Sceats Thank you for posting your question on Ask the Editor Clearly any situation depends on the specific facts and communications sent to a person by a law firm, but in general terms, cases have held that solicitors can owe a duty of care to non clients and a potential implied retainer …

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