Month: July 2020

Property Market

Repossessions To Begin In August

The government has laid out its plans regarding repossession cases, as the UK continues to return to normal following the coronavirus pandemic. The Housing Minister Chris Pincher MP, reminded the House of Commons that there was a backlog in the courts, and he believes that the serious and anti-social cases need to be heard first, […]Read More


Regulated Searches vs. Council Searches

A Local Authority Search is a hugely important part of any conveyancing procedure. It includes vital information on charges or restrictions relating to the property in question. There are two ways of carrying these out; a Council Search is conducted by a Local Authority staff member, while Regulated Searches are carried out by the employee […]Read More

Property Market

Help To Buy Scheme To Be Extended

The government is planning to extend the Help to Buy Scheme from its current agreed transaction date of December 2020, with the scheme petering out in April 2021. Ministers are looking at extending the scheme due to the delays on purchases which has been one of the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. Craig Hall, Head […]Read More


Ombudsman Takes Too Long To Respond

The Office for Legal Complaints (OLC) has published its annual report for 2019/20, and shown that complainants are still waiting too long for the Ombudsman to reply to their issues. The report demonstrated that throughout the year, improvements were seen with regards to time taken to investigate complains and people weren’t waiting too long for […]Read More


OneSearch Direct Responds To Surge In Demand As Market Reignites

OneSearch Direct, the largest local search data company in the UK, has today expanded its Express No-Search Indemnity range to assist the conveyancing industry as it copes with a rejuvenated housing market. Economy-boosting initiatives such as the stamp duty holiday, relaxed planning regulations and competitive remortgage deals, coupled with pent up demand and an increase […]Read More


HM Land Registry To Accept Electronic Signatures

From today, Monday 27 July 2020, HM Land Registry (HMLR) will accept ‘witnessed electronic signatures’: electronic signatures that enable an individual to sign legal documents, but which still require a witness who is present at the time to also sign the documents electronically. New practice guidance for conveyancers has been published which explains how to […]Read More

Conveyancing Firms & People Insight Property Market

Property Logbooks What Does The Future Hold?

Property logbooks seem to be gaining some momentum in the property market. Tom Lyes from Today’s Conveyancer spoke to  Stuart Young from, Angela Hesketh, Director and Property Head at Jackson Lees and Maria Lati, Partner and Head of Residential Property at Grant Saw to get their views. Although many of us understand the concept […]Read More