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'No more tolerance' for paper-based conveyancing
UK - LawGazette
The threat of another coronavirus outbreak will make people less tolerant of a paper-heavy conveyancing process, HM Land Registry has said, outlining its own digital progress.

In Land Registry’s latest annual report, chair Michael Mire predicts a greater desire to make property transactions more digital over the coming year, saying conveyancing still has too many paper-based processes compared with other sectors of the economy. ‘This has been tolerated by consumers up until now but the potential threat of a future outbreak will change those expectations,’ he said.

Andrew Trigg, acting director of digital, data and technology, said ‘frictionless’ digital conveyancing would require structured data. In a step towards this, the registry will introduce a digital registration service this summer, which will validate data before it is submitted, reducing the need for paper.

National government must open the Deeds Office
South Africa - Tech4Law
Two weeks ago, I appealed to the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform for their personal intervention, to allocate more resources to ensure continued operations at the Cape Town Deeds Office.

Today again a notice has been received advising of the Deeds Office closure until further notice.

While we do acknowledge that COVID-19 mitigation measures are having an impact on services, we urge the Ministers and their teams to come up with alternative methods of working that can be used to navigate operations during the pandemic so that services at the Cape Town Deeds Office can continue while the safety of staff are being prioritised.

Application date brought forward for transformation boosting initiative
South Africa -EAAB
JOHANNESBURG – The Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB) has brought forward the application date for a progressive initiative that will boost transformation of the real estate industry.

The date for interested black estate agents to apply to benefit from the Previously Disadvantaged Individual resolution has been moved forward by more than a month from 31 August 2020 to 27 July 2020.

The PDI resolution was initially scheduled to commence on 1 April 2020, but had to be extended, first to 1 June then 31 August 2020, due to the national lockdown. EAAB CEO Mamodupi Mohlala said the process was being expedited due to the call for help from the industry who cited the devastating economic consequences of the Covid-19 lockdown which started more than three months ago.

Architecture moving forward - the need for re-invention post Covid-19
South Africa - PropertyWheel
With the local property sector severely impacted by the pandemic, Derick Henstra, Partner and Executive Chairman of dhk believes that the architectural industry was one of the first to “bear the brunt” of Covid-19.

As the barometer in the industry, small architectural firms have ground to a halt with the bigger architectural firms reducing in size. Whilst many new projects are being put on hold, there has been an uptick with some developers pushing on and “seizing the moment”.

However, Derick believes that property development, like our economy, will continue to take strain and will take some time to recover.

“What we mustn’t forget is that people are attaching a lot of the importance on the cause of Covid-19 but what they forget is that we were first in a technical recession – we were in crisis before Covid-19.”

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