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Buying and selling property relocates into the digital age

The Government has approved changes to the land registration rules to pave the way for the introduction of digital land registration, which will come into effect on 6th April 2018

These changes are central to the HM Land Registry’s plans to become the world’s leading land registry for simplicity, speed and an open approach to data.

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.”

Farrant also said he wants to strengthen the integrity and security of the register against any threats from cyber-attacks as well as digital fraud; which remains a priority. The change will also allow the land registry to introduce fully digital conveyancing documents such as mortgages and transfers.

HM Land Registry stated that they will be contacting customers in the next few weeks in order to explain how the amendments will affect application submissions, although they say the impact should be minimal.