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HM Land Registry portal enhancements – a benefit to the property industry

Tuesday 11 August 2020

Following the announcement on 27 July that transfers of ownership of property, leases, mortgages, and other property dealings can be signed electronically, HM Land Registry has also confirmed that customers in Wales and England can now manage all portal applications and correspondence in one central place.

Digitisation as the new normal

The aim of ‘View My Applications’ is to enable quick validation of data and eliminate the need for HM Land Registry to send requests for further information, which will give more control over customers' data. The announcement occurs in quick succession to HM Land Registry’s introduction of electronic signatures being certified as valid for signifying completed conveyancing contracts; making it simpler and faster for people to move home whilst adhering to social distancing measures.

There are resources explaining the enhancements and how to register and use the service and reference is also made to the Digital Registration Service which simplifies the way customers submit applications. The HM Land Registry’s guidance page also provides more information.


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