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Conveyancing revolution

Changes to land registration will affect all property owners, including charities. Linda Chamberlain provides a guide to the new rules

8 November 2002

The Land Registration Act 2002 and the associated rules will be brought into force on 13 October next year. They will entirely replace the Land Registration Act 1925 and all its supporting rules. Their introduction will prepare the way for a ‘conveyancing revolution’ and the impact of their changes will affect all property owners, including charity trustees, and their solicitors. The envisaged revolution “… is a bold and striking one. It is to create the necessary legal framework in which registered conveyancing can be conducted electronically. The move from a paper based system of conveyancing to one that is entirely electronic is a very major one and it will transform fundamentally the manner in which the process is conducted” (Law Com Report No 271). The Act represents the culmination of six years work between the Law Commission and the Land Registry, including extensive consultation with practitioners and other property specialists. Further consultation is currently unde...

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