The conveyancing process is not broken
UK- Property Industry Eye
Oh yes it is!”
“Oh no it’s not”.
While panto season seems a lifetime away, when it comes to the home buying process, the pantomime villains of the peace are definitely the lawyers.
However, unlike these annual theatre-based bust-ups, arguments about the conveyancing process are far more frequent. Barely a month goes by without an online flare-up, normally resulting in someone declaring; “The conveyancing process is broken – we need to start again”.
In my opinion, this is just plain wrong.
The conveyancing process is NOT broken.
Property Industry Eye
South Africa's green building ethos in a post-pandemic world
South Africa - PropertyWheel
The adoption of green building practices have steadily increased in South Africa with reduced operating costs and the gradual acceptance from the property industry having validated the additional upfront capital costs before taking into account the indirect benefits of improved wellness of building occupants, sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
Covid-19 has applied additional pressure on the need to focus on healthier buildings and sustainability, however, not enough is being done by international standards to potentially meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out for 2030.
In the South African context Lisa Reynolds, CEO of the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) says that during the pandemic, green building certifications have continued but, we have a long road ahead of us.
Conveyancing To Benefit from New Online ID Check Reforms
UK - Today's Conveyancer
The government have put in motion plans for an electronic verification system which would remove the need to provide original official documentation to prove identity.
Following last year’s digital identity Call for Evidence, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) have responded confirming the government are proposing to modify existing laws so that “digital identity” can be widely utilised.
In the consultation outcome response it said:
“….we will develop proposals for a legal framework to remove regulatory barriers which prevent the use of secure digital identities and establish safeguards for citizens. We will also develop the next generation of digital identity use in government, and promote a pragmatic approach to international digital identity standards.”