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Submitting OS2 – via Portal

HMLR has updated its instructions on how business e-services customers can apply for an OS2 via the Portal.

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Freehold management enquiries (FME1) – new form

The Law Society has issued a new form FME1. The form contains standard questions that can be asked when acting for someone who is buying a freehold that shares services with other houses.

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Loft conversions – an outline

Conveyancers are often faced with a property where a loft conversion has been added.

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Help to buy – leasehold houses

The government-backed help to buy equity loan is a scheme to help buyers purchase new-build properties.

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TPMAs – a reminder

A TPMA is an alternative to the use of a client account. Solicitors firms have been able to hold money in TPMAs since 2017 (under SRA guidance) but not many have taken up the chance.

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CLC – third party managed accounts (TPMAs)

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) is a specialist property regulator which an increasing number of property firms are turning to due to its perceived lighter touch to regulation and its more relaxed rules on the same firm acting for seller and buyer.

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Form RX1 – updated

HMLR has updated form RX1 – application to enter a restriction.

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Restriction consent – HMLR change

HMLR has announced a change to Practice Guide 19 section 3.1.1. From 1 April 2020 HMLR will enforce a change to restriction consent wording.

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Long lease – forfeiture

The CA recently considered an application relating to forfeiture of a long residential lease.

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CIL – process flowchart

A useful CIL process flowchart appears on several local authority websites.
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EU citizens – right to work checks
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