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May 2021

Consumer Survey to Improve the Home Moving Process

The Conveyancing Association has been working with the Home Buying and Selling Group and the Times to establish the consumer appetite for upfront information and whether the home moving public would be prepared to pay for it.

It is obviously important to get as broad and complete response to our survey as possible so please, therefore, do send out the survey to your colleagues, contacts and both past & current clients to complete.

The survey can be accessed below (please note the survey will close on Tuesday 20th July 2021):

Thank you in advance for your assistance and support at such a busy time, we hope you use the opportunity to have your say!

UK Finance Webinar On Improving The Home-Buying Experience

Charles Roe will be chairing a session on Improving the Home-Buying Experience for Customers as part of the upcoming UK Finance Customer Experience Summit (7-11 June).

In the session, UKF will debate technological solutions and developments that will bring digitisation and automation to the home buying and selling process replacing the sometimes cumbersome processes employed today.

Charles will be joined by a panel of industry experts including Francesca Carlesi, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, Molo Tech, Mike Harlow, General Counsel, Deputy Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Land Registrar, HM Land Registry, Tracy Vegro, Executive Director – Strategy and Innovation, Solicitors Regulation Authority and Marielle Yeoh, Chief Financial Services Officer at Pexa to discuss how these technologies can help remove the friction and frustration from a historically manual system and improve the experience of buyer, seller, lender and conveyancer.

The Customer Experience Summit is a new UK Finance event where we will discuss the path to economic recovery and the opportunities to do so in ways that benefit customers and meet their changing needs.

Tickets are completely free and include access to all sessions, including:

  • Financial Difficulty Through the Pandemic
  • Access to Financial Services
  • Protecting Vulnerable Customers
  • Improving the Home-Buying Experience for Customers
  • Covid and the Changing Psychology of the Customer Experience
  • Human-Centred Product Design
  • Data-Driven Decision Making
  • Becoming Your Customer’s Preferred Provider
  • Building a Culture Where the Right Behaviours Thrive at Every Level
  • Payments: Improving Consumer Protections
  • Open Banking and Open Finance
  • Keynote Panel: Strategic Priorities

The event is free for members and non-members alike and firms can send multiple colleagues.

You can learn more about each session and register for your complimentary ticket on the UK Finance website, here.

Leasehold makes it into the Queen’s Speech 2021

After 6 years of CA campaigning, we are delighted to finally see a leasehold reform bill referenced in the Queen’s Speech.

The Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill has been announced to do away with anything other than peppercorn ground rents.  We will continue to lobby government to include in the bill other pre-announced government promises such as maximum LPE1 fees of £200 and delivery of the information within 10 working days, and the Law Commission’s recommendations on enfranchisement and lease extension premiums.

Also in the Queen’s Speech were Building Safety which will continue to improve external wall safety requirements and renter’s reforms.

Full details can be read here: Queen’s Speech 2021 – Background Briefing Notes

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