London house is first in UK bought via a mortgage deed signed and lodged online

first_imgHome » News » London house is first in UK bought via a mortgage deed signed and lodged online previous nextRegulation & LawLondon house is first in UK bought via a mortgage deed signed and lodged onlineDigital revolution makes its first official move into conveyancing as HM Land Registry endeavours to use technology to make it faster and simpler.Nigel Lewis6th April 20180850 Views onRotherhithe in London will soon be famous for more than just its Brunel-built tunnel underneath the Thames.Yesterday, a house there became the UK’s first home purchased via a mortgage deed signed and lodged with the Land Registry online and without the need for a physical or witnessed signature.This begins a process that will see much of conveyancing and the mortgage lending process move from mountains of paper to an online procedure which, agents will be relieved to hear, is set to significantly speed up sales progression.This first transaction was completed by the Land Registry in partnership with Coventry Building Society and conveyancing firm Enact as part of an initial test.It included using the government’s online identity verification system GOV.UK Verify to enable the borrower involved to sign the mortgage deed online without the need for a witness.PioneeringThe pioneering transaction is part of the Land Registry’s attempts to transform the conveyancing market by making home buying quicker and simpler.And although a small first step, the Land Registry says the transaction follows months of testing with Coventry Building Society and Enact.“By working with partners in the industry, we have secured a simpler and faster service for the benefit of home owners,” says HM Land Registry Chief Executive Graham Farrant (pictured, left).“We are looking forward to rolling this out nationally and will be working with more conveyancers and lenders to do so.”Coventry Building Society says it has been using the Land Registry’s  e-signature system for some time but only for re-mortgaging customers, which it says have found “the process simple, quick and secure”.        Land Registry mortgage deeds online Coventry Building Society e-conveyancing Enact Conveyancing April 6, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more