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Changes to Clearance Certificates

Monday, May 09, 2016   Comments (0)
Paper applications for Land Tax Certificates will no longer be accepted at OSR from 1 July 2016. When do I need a Clearance Certificate? You need a clearance certificate when purchasing a property or offering finance. How do I apply for a Clearance Certificate? Contact MHE: By Phone – Call (02) 9232 2411 to talk to a Land & Property expert Register to use triSearch (http://w ... Read More→

Access to Land Title searches

Friday, May 06, 2016   Comments (0)
From 1 July 2016, customers who wish to purchase land title searches and related products online will need to use MHE for these services. Over 90% of LPI’s customers already use a broker, therefore LPI see no reason to duplicate this service. Using MHE has a number of advantages MHE has been providing access to land title searches and related products for over 30 years. With MHE, customers can ... Read More→

Commencement of Conveyancing Rules and introduction of the VOI framework

Tuesday, April 19, 2016   Comments (0)
The Real Property Amendment (Electronic Conveyancing) Act 2015 introduced a new section 12E into the Real Property Act 1900 which allows the Registrar General to make Conveyancing Rules. The Conveyancing Rules will largely parallel provisions in the Participation Rules for electronic conveyancing. The Rules will align paper conveyancing practices and workflows with those developed for electronic ... Read More→

Changes to Pool Fencing Compliance

Friday, April 15, 2016   Comments (0)
From Friday 29 April 2016, vendors of a property with a swimming pool or spa pool must have a Certificate showing whether or not their pool fencing is compliant with the Swimming Pools Act 1992. New requirements for contracts of sale Amendments to the Conveyancing (Sale of Land) Regulation 2010 will impose a new contract requirement for vendors to supply a valid Certificate of Compliance,  ... Read More→

OSR digital transformation continues

Monday, April 11, 2016   Comments (0)
As recently announced by OSR, effective 1 July 2016,conveyancing documents which are able to be processed on Electronic Duties Returns (EDR), will no longer be assessed at OSR. If you intend to become an EDR Registered Client ensure you are ready to process your documents. Be ready for 1 July 2016 ( For more i ... Read More→

eConveyancing transforms OSR

Monday, March 14, 2016   Comments (0)
Industry announcement: A message from Stephen Brady, Deputy Secretary, OSR The Office of State Revenue is committed to the Government’s target of having 70% of transactions conducted digitally by 2019. One of our digital services, Electronic Duties Returns (EDR), allows authorised agents to process a wide range of Duties transactions from their office. This service also allows solicitors and  ... Read More→

Updated forms: changes to valuer’s certificates

Tuesday, March 01, 2016   Comments (0)
Updated Community Schemes Approved Form 9 and Strata Schemes Approved Form 30 will be published on the LPI ( Tuesday 1 March 2016. The valuer’s certificate on each form will be amended to replace the term ‘registered valuer’ with ‘qualified valuer’. Copies of the updated approved forms can be downloaded with Approved ... Read More→

Announcement – LPI phasing out faxes

Thursday, February 04, 2016   Comments (0)
LPI phases out faxes ..
LPI is currently decommissioning fax services in line with a directive to eliminate all fax use across the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (DFSI). The majority of LPI’s fax services will be removed by 1 January 2016. LPI legal services and land titles client services fax facilities will remain operational until 29 February 2016. Alternative arrangements are in progress for th ... Read More→

How long does Probate take?

Thursday, July 16, 2015   Comments (0)
It’s a question we’re often asked, so we thought it might be useful to point you to a convenient source of information on Probate and related topics - the Supreme Court of NSW website. Here’s a quick extract of some commonly asked questions, and links to the relevant sources: What is the current processing time for probate applications? As at 17 June 2015, up to 22 days for a  ... Read More→

Historical Searching

Friday, May 01, 2015   Comments (0)
Going back in time: tips for historical searching Did you know that with the LPI available services you can access past records relating to most properties in NSW? (First log in to search at The “Prior title search” function (a free feature) and the “Historical search” function are excellent starting points. From there you will find reference to a V ... Read More→