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Digitisation of Land Registry consultation

Thursday 23 February 2017

Land Registry have opened a consultation for proposed amends to the Land Registration Rules 2003 to allow Land Registry to continue its digital transformation programme.

The consultation proposes to modernise its service by digitising Land Registry processes. The proposals are designed to give customers more options in the use of the service and bring the rules into alignment with Land Registry’s digital strategy.

The purpose of the proposed changes is to:

  • Allow for fully digital conveyancing documents with e-signatures for land transactions and land registration
  • Revoke the Land Registration Proper Office Order 2013 and make consequential amendments to the Rules
  • Introduce new statutory services which have been identified as beneficial to users
  • Reflect on how they have modernised and simplified their services through digital transformation
  • Allow for more flexibility as to when they are open for business and open to the public
  • Make small improvements in the Rules and correct clerical errors

The amendments aim to make it simpler and quicker for users to interact with Land Registry and will be beneficial to all.

Chief Executive and Chief Land Registrar, Graham Farrant says:

“Land Registry has embarked on a digital transformation programme to deliver products and services through channels that meet our customers’ changing needs. We want to be flexible and responsive, continuously improving our processes while always ensuring the security and integrity of the Land Register.”

The consultation period will run for 8 weeks and the closing date for responses is 5 April 2017. Consultation response forms should be completed and returned to lrr2016@landregistry.gov.uk before the above date.

Any comments should be forwarded to timdouglas@propertymark.co.uk.

The consultation is to give customers a chance to see and comment on the proposals before legislation is brought before Parliament. NAEA Propertymark welcome your participation and urges you to give your views on the paper's considerations.

View the full consultation document.