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The Land Registry and coronavirus

The following statement has been released from the Chief Executive and Chief Land Registrar from H M Land Registry on how coronavirus might affect the services they offer clients:-

"As the coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads we are preparing for a range of potential scenarios in line with the government’s coronavirus (COVID-19) action plan, to ensure we are as prepared as possible.

Our priority is to protect the welfare of our employees and our customers. Following the latest guidance on social distancing we are no longer accepting any face-to-face appointments at our local offices. But you can continue to contact us online, on the telephone or by post.

I would like to reassure you that we will continue to operate as close to normal as possible. We are also considering our application handling policy in light of the current situation and any disruptions our customers may face. We will keep you informed of any changes to our services.

Thank you

Simon Hayes

Chief Executive and Chief Land Registrar"

Nothing unexpected in that statement but you want to know what this means for you. In relation to services we offer our clients we have minimal dealing with the Land Registry. We do however register titles on documents if properties are changing hands in estate administration, sever joint tenancies and update title documents following deaths. We have not experienced difficulties at this point, but if this changes we will let you know.

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