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Like all organisations, HM Land Registry has had to respond to service disruption since the national lockdown began on 23 March. As the UK continues to weather the present circumstances, it is clear our digital services are increasingly of critical importance while more people are working remotely.

We have been working hard to keep providing our services, and are now delivering our services that are essential to enable property transactions within normal service levels. In our efforts to maintain service standards in these unique circumstances, the HM Land Registry portal, where 74% of our applications are made, has played a crucial role in ensuring we continue to process as many applications as possible. We’ve been working on a few enhancements to this vital service to make it even simpler to use, changes that now seem even more important in the current circumstances.

Viewing and submitting applications

In the near future customers will be easily able to find and view the latest updates on applications submitted through the portal along with the latest correspondence – including notices, requisitions and letters – all in one place. The accessible, user friendly interface will make it quicker to find the information they need, including an estimated completion date which will help with forward planning, and, alongside our other enhancements, reduce the time customers would previously have spent contacting us for status updates.

View My Applications enables direct access to all applications where customers can search, view and filter directly from one screen.

Later this year we’ll be opening up our Digital Registration Service to all HM Land Registry portal users; this is currently being piloted with a limited number of customers. This will simplify the way customers submit applications to us, starting with our most common form – the AP1. Under the Digital Registration Service any potential errors on the AP1 will be identified and highlighted prior to application submission, preventing the need for us to send out requests for further information (known as requisitions) and saving our customers time and money.

A variety of features, including fee calculations, prompts to attach missing documents and highlighting discrepancies between names entered on the application and those in the register, will all minimise the more common issues we find in applications. Additionally, a new capability to pre-populate some aspects of the form based on existing information will save valuable time in submitting and processing applications. Customers will also be able to submit up to 10 transactions under the same title within a single application, as well as being able to save progress in an application and return to complete it later. These enhancements will all save repeated entry of the same information.

View My Applications and the launch of the Digital Registration Service will transform how customers access, submit and progress applications. The enhanced Digital Registration Service helps us get information from customers in a clearer format which helps us to deliver a speedier service for customers.

Since our Business Strategy was published in 2017, HM Land Registry has embarked on an innovative and ambitious digital transformation programme. We are continuing to review our services, taking into account the uncertain and rapidly changing landscape and listening to our customers. By working in close partnership with our customers we will continue to explore how we can use our Business e-services to make it even simpler, faster, and cheaper than ever for our customers to access, process and submit applications.

We welcome your comments about this blog in the comments below. Please note that we are unable to discuss individual cases through the comments section and would request that all such queries be directed to our contact web form where you will receive a response as soon as possible.


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  1. Comment by John Harvey posted on

    Great news

    I've been monitoring the LR blogsite during lockdown and it seems that more and more Citizens are going direct to LR rather than their conveyancers. Cant see the trend reversing. Sooner or later conveyancers are going to get into trouble for not being as up-to-speed on applications as they could be

    When will conveyancers be able to nominate their clients for direct access to Application Enquiry ? And required to state their policy on this on websites to help informed decisions on selecting conveyancers. Like price information

    Thanks to all for keeping things running.

    When will Adam get some leave? He seems to be more or less left on his own but is still setting standards for reassuring laypeople which conveyancers find difficult to match.

    Good luck


    • Replies to John Harvey>

      Comment by AdamH posted on

      John - apologies for slow reply but wanted to check with colleagues as to whether we have any plans to make more information available online to non business e-service users to enable citizens to track applications for example. The answer is No at present but we do appreciate the feedback so the e-door is never closed on such ideas.
      As far as my time management and leave are concerned that should work out ok as there’s a large team of very supportive colleagues behind our online responses. And that sunshine is very inviting

  2. Comment by Catherine Evans posted on

    I am left despondent that there is no mention of the existing backlog of cases, and the current unacceptable time to deal with applications. Even if there is not that much you can do at present some acknowledgement would be welcome. Promising that things will be marvellous in the "near future" does not cut it with hard pressed conveyancers, and worried clients.

  3. Comment by Becky posted on

    I have a deed of variation that was submitted through on Thursday last week From freetricity and receipt was confirmed along with the expedite from LR. There has been a significant delay in getting this signed with the solar panel company due to the current pandemic and I have had to move to temporary accommodation as the buyer of my property was threatening to pull out so I proceeded with the sale of mine. Can you please advise as to how long it is likely to take to register the deed of variation for solar panels as I would like to have some idea as to how long the purchase of our new house is likely to take ? This is the only thing we are now waiting on. Any help and advise you can give would be very welcome.

    • Replies to Becky>

      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Becky - if it’s been expedited then it’s normally considered within 5 working days. Everything then hangs on it being in order of course

  4. Comment by Caireen posted on

    I submitted a TR-1 form with confirmation of delivery on 22nd May 2020. I have not received a confirmation of receipt nor have any way of checking the progress of my application as we did not use a conveyancer. What can I do to obtain an update?


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