12 October 2021

Issue 172

In this edition:

Change in date for new survey and title fees

The new survey and title fees will now go live 1 February 2022.

The fees were originally to be implemented on 1 November 2021, however, Cabinet has agreed to our request to defer this to early in the New Year. The fees are increasing to better reflect the cost of delivering Landonline services and to support a better, more resilient system. They are cost recovery only. 

The new fees remain the same as communicated before and only the date has changed. You’ll now have more time to prepare. We’ve developed a new survey fees calculator for you to use when preparing for work after 1 February 2022, along with a factsheet and table of new fees.

New survey fees calculator

Factsheet and table of the new fees (PDF 184KB)

New Plymouth legal seminar now national livestream webinar

Due to ongoing COVID-19 Alert Level restrictions, the New Plymouth lunchtime legal seminar planned for 19 October is cancelled.  Instead, Toitū Te Whenua LINZ is presenting a livestream webinar in association with the New Zealand Law Society Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa’s Property Law Section (PLS) and Legal Executives New Zealand (LENZ). 

Robbie Muir, Registrar-General of Land, Siobhan Simpson, Principal Solicitor responsible for Property Rights, and Andrea Watson, Consulting Solicitor in the team modernising Landonline, will cover:

  • key regulatory updates for land registration
  • practical hints and tips to avoid land registration issues
  • updates on the project to modernise Landonline, including recent and upcoming changes.

The webinar will allow interactive questions and answers and will support up to one hour of continuing professional development (CPD) for lawyers and registered legal executives.

Event details

Wednesday 10 November 2021 – 10.30am to 12pm

Registration fees (all are GST inclusive)

PLS or LENZ members/associate members: $40
Non-PLS or Non-LENZ members: $50
Group rate (5 or more): $180

Registrations close 5pm Friday 5 November.

When booking a group rate, please register all participants to ensure they receive their CPD verification. Look out for your invitation and registration details from the PLS or LENZ.

Register for webinar

New Zealand Law Society Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa’s Property Law Section

Legal Executives New Zealand

New business rule for mortgages in Landonline

A new business rule warning message for mortgages has been implemented in Landonline and will run at the pre-validation and submit steps.

The message will be triggered if the Priority Amount field is left blank for an ‘All Obligations’ mortgage. It’s important for users to note that this is only a warning and will not prevent a dealing from being certified and signed or submitted. This new business rule is in addition to the existing field validation warning message triggered by the field being left blank prior to pre-validation. 

Changes to business rules for caveats in Landonline

We’re making some changes to improve our business rules which check for prior lapsed caveats.  

From 7 October, 2021 we temporarily suspended auto-registration for all caveat instruments to carry this work out. After these changes are in place, we will automatically process caveats once more, and will let you know the timeframes for this.

In the meantime, regardless of the agreement type selected and whether there are any lapsed caveats on the historic title, any dealing containing a ‘Caveat (X) instrument’ will step down for processing by LINZ staff.

When pre-validating a caveat instrument, the pre-validation report will record a business rule failure. It is important to note that this will not prevent the instrument from being signed and certified, released or the dealing submitted.

When preparing a caveat instrument in Landonline, if the ‘Agreement to Mortgage’ or ‘Agreement for Sale and Purchase’ interest types are selected, the ‘Prepare Dealing’ screen will display AUTO REG. However, in the meantime, the dealing will step down to lodge, due to the business rule failure.  

Update to ‘Caveats and Other Stops on Registration Guideline’

The ‘Caveats and Other Stops on Registration Guideline 2018 – LINZG20773’ has been updated, including the commentary on lapsing of caveats in section 1.4.4.

Caveats and Other Stops on Registration Guideline 2018 - LINZG20773.

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