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HMLR – first registrations

June 2021 | Conveyancing

HMLR has announced a small but significant change in its practice relating to first registration applications. From 14 June 2021 HMLR will scan original documents and deeds and return them before they complete the case. In some rare instances HMLR may ask the firm to send the original deeds and documents back for quality assurance …

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HMLR – digital registration service

June 2021 | Conveyancing

We mentioned HMLR’s new digital registration service in our May 2021 edition (p6). HMLR has announced that in addition to the documents listed in that article, from 18 May 2021 it is also possible to lodge an assent application using this service. Source: www.gov.uk. May 2021 | Conveyancing HMLR – digital registration service HMLR has …

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CIL – liability notice invalidated

June 2021 | Conveyancing

An interesting article considers a HC case which invalidated a CIL liability notice issued two years and six months after the grant of planning permission. One of the biggest inadequacies of the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 (CIL Regulations) is that they are entirely silent about the consequences of non-compliance by a charging authority (usually …

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Japanese knotweed – locations

June 2021 | Conveyancing

While we do not usually comment on commercial products, conveyancers may be interested to know that Environet has produced an interactive map showing the Japanese knotweed ‘hotspots’ in the UK. They have collated information from 50,000 known infestations. Conveyancers should be wary of making information available to clients that the firm may then be obliged …

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First Homes – new initiative

June 2021 | Conveyancing

We mentioned a couple of new government-backed homebuyers’ schemes in our May 2021 edition (p5). Conveyancers should also be aware that there is a further scheme called the ‘First Homes’ initiative. It is a scheme which offers new-build properties at a discounted rate. There are certain eligibility criteria which the developers must comply with and …

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HMLR – illustrative plans

June 2021 | Conveyancing

Plans on documents are an integral part of the conveyancing process. Conveyancers should therefore remember that HMLR can offer assistance in that users can order an illustrative plan to see how the title numbers revealed by a search of the index map relate to each other on an Ordnance Survey map. This will give a …

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HMLR – plans reminder

June 2021 | Conveyancing

In addition to PG 40 and the various supplements on plans, HMLR has issued some very helpful guidance for preparing plans for HMLR applications which has recently been updated. Anyone submitting an application to HMLR for registration which contains a plan should read it. Any inaccuracy regarding the extent of the land or difficulty in …

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Homebuyers – government schemes

May 2021 | Conveyancing

In addition to coping with the pressures resulting from the SDLT holiday, conveyancers will need to become familiar with new schemes introduced by the government. A new government-backed mortgage scheme comes into effect on 19 April 2021. It is described as a ‘mortgage guarantee scheme’ and aims to help people with a 5% deposit get …

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HMLR – digital registration service

May 2021 | Conveyancing

HMLR has announced that portal users can now use its new Digital Registration Service to submit HMLR applications online. This service replaces the e-DRS service. Firms must be an HMLR Business e-services customer to use the portal and the service – but it is free to sign up. The Digital Registration Service will make it …

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HMLR – more evidence for extension requests

May 2021 | Conveyancing

We reported in our February 2021 edition (p5) on HMLR’s announcement that, from 11 January 2021, firms will have an extra 40 days to reply to a request for information, compared with the previous policy of cancelling an application after 20 days. HMLR has reported a reduction in requests for extensions and cancellations but has …

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