HM LAND REGISTRY MOVES FORWARD WITH DIGITAL CONVEYANCING
BUYING AND SELLING YOUR HOME WITHOUT THE NEED FOR PAPER DEEDS, IS ONE STEP CLOSER TODAY (23 JANUARY 2018) AS THE GOVERNMENT APPROVES CHANGES TO THE LAND REGISTRATION RULES THAT WILL FURTHER ENABLE DIGITAL LAND REGISTRATION.
The changes, which will come into effect on 6 April 2018, are central to HM Land Registry’s ambition to become the world’s leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data which it outlines in its new Business Strategy 2017-22.
Chief Executive and Chief Land Registrar, Graham Farrant sets out the changes to the way HM Land Registry will provide services to its customers including allowing for fully digital conveyancing documents with e-signatures.
Working closely with its customers, and launching a public consultation on the changes last year, HM Land Registry plans to use digital technology to make conveyancing simpler, faster and cheaper whilst enhancing the integrity and security of the register against threats from cyber-attacks and digital fraud. The rule changes will allow HM Land Registry to introduce fully digital conveyancing documents such as mortgages and transfers, in response to customers’ needs.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE AND CHIEF LAND REGISTRAR, GRAHAM FARRANT SAID:
“Our customers are central to everything we do and we want to make dealing with us quicker and simpler by providing more services through digital technology.
“These changes are an important enabler for our digital transformation and I want to thank our customers for their positive responses to the consultation.”
Changes were required to the Land Registration Rules 2003, with the revocation of the Land Registration (Electronic Conveyancing) Rules 2008, and the Land Registration (Proper Office) Order 2013 in order to allow HM Land Registry to continue with its digital transformation programme, and modernise and simplify its services.
The changes will benefit customers by allowing HM Land Registry to build new and more flexible statutory services that have been called for by the industry, and other electronic services will improve the assistance offered to them throughout the application process.
HM Land Registry will be contacting our customers in the coming weeks to explain any changes that will affect the way they submit applications, though these are expected to be minimal, and will only affect a small number of customers.
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