27.07.2020

HM Land Registry Announces Introduction Of Electronic Signatures

Mike Harlow, the Deputy Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Land Registrar, in his blog has announced that following the many questions received from customers regarding electronic signatures, as “printing, posting and scanning can be a pain”, Land Registry will soon be introducing witnessed electronic signatures.

Electronic signature will replace the wet signatures, meaning a deed that was usually need to be signed and witnessed with traditional pen and ink, will instead be done electronically.

HM Land Registry has issued draft practice guidance setting out the basis on which it would accept such signatures and is welcoming any comments before 18th July.

At the beginning of the pandemic Land Registry brought together a group of representatives in the conveyancing industry, from regulators to estate agents to discuss the issues faced by lockdown as well as what solutions could be implemented now that would help in the future. Following the discussing it was believed that “with some safeguards” Land Registry could accept both witnessed electronic signatures and Qualified Electronic Signatures. Watch a short introduction into the topic of electronic signature here: http://vid.us/0d1bb3

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