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They’re coming! Property logbooks set to be trialled in Spring next year

National system of transferable logbooks for every home in the UK is making progress, first meeting of new association reveals.

Nigel Lewis

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Property logbooks for every home in the UK took a giant step towards reality yesterday following the inaugural meeting of the Residential Logbook Association (RLBA), attended by Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government representative Matt Prior.

The aim is that every residential property transaction will be supported by one whether sales or lettings, with a trial scheduled for March or April next year.

The MHCLG is backing the initiative as it believes property logbooks lie at the heart of making house buying and renting quicker by removing many of the friction points that trip up transactions.

Prior was joined by the four founders of the association who are the key suppliers involved, who then set out what a logbook will look like for agents and home movers.

It was also agreed that only one per property would be created for each interest in the property. This will enable the logbooks to accommodate multiple leasehold interests and different ownership structures.

The digital logbooks will also transfer from owner to owner in the same way Title Deeds do, and be accessible regardless which supplier created it.

The key information to be included will include:

  • Unique Property Reference Number
  • Title number
  • History of transactions including sales and rentals
  • A lettings MOT certificate (if relevant)
  • Ground rent info (if leasehold)
  • Up-to-date search and other local authority information.
  • Land Registry information
  • Utility company data.
  • Government information such as flooding risk.
  • Handover packs.
  • Building or retrofit works completed.

In a block of flats all the players involved would exchange information to go into the logbook including freeholder, head leaseholder, leaseholders and even tenants.

Up for future discussion includes who can see logbook and when, and whether they should record who has been access to it.

The RLBA founders are Nigel Walley (Chimni), chairman, Tim Main (Pip), Simon Lumb (National Deeds Depository) and David Graydon (Spaciable).

Anyone who believes they should be involved with the association should contact Tim Main.

Read more about property logbooks.

The RLBA is part of the MHCLG-backed Home Buying and Selling Group.

October 23, 2020

4 comments

  1. RLBA must be somehow connected to a Govt minister who will no doubt Trouser a lot of Dosh from this !

  2. What a crazy idea !…another bunch with a vested interest. HIPS killed the market in 2007 leading to a national recession the following year. The one thing that is likely to keep our economy going right now is the property market. So let’s just forget the past and repeat history….just give it a new name…”Logbook”..how crass! after all the market has been buoyant for at least 3 months now…it must be time to kill it off again, after all, we don’t want too much of a good thing do we ?

  3. Am I missing something? Isn’t this suggested “Logbook” just another name for a “Legal Pack”. Remember those? They were meant to come in years ago – but got ditched. And if the “Logbook” is meant to include “Up-to-date search and other local authority information” wouldn’t this mean they need to updated regularly – because Searches have a limited lifespan? If you want to “make house buying and renting quicker” then perhaps they should impose time limits on solicitors and Local Authorities – taking weeks if not months to even apply for Searches and then months to send them back is not good folks.

  4. What would this ridiculous “log book” provide that can’t be easily sourced in any case. It would add more unnecessary red tape – and this from a Government who promised us less.

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