The HM Land Registry is following through on plans to digitise the registration and conveyancing process with an aim to make the completion of applications ‘simpler, faster and cheaper’ for customers.
The changes, which are due to be introduced on 6th April 2018, should make it easier for those who are buying and selling property in the UK.
A public consultation was staged last year, which gave HM Land Registry the opportunity to make known its plans for changes to The Land Registration Rules 2003 and allowed Land Registry to gather feedback from its customers, stakeholders and other interested parties.
Graham Farrant, HM Land Registry’s Chief Executive and Chief Land Registrar, 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.”
Digitising the conveyancing process will allow HM Land Registry to offer an alternative electronic service to customers, and paper documents will no longer be necessary.
The digitisation of some services is part of HM Land Registry’s broader plans for reform and modernisation. With digitisation, however, comes an increased need to bolster resources against online fraud and cyber-attacks, and enhanced security forms a part of the changes.
The Land Registry was established in 1862 to allow people to formally register land ownership.
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