Christmas - New Year Trading

This Christmas - New Year period, we'll be here to assist you.

Whilst it won't be too busy, we will have staff available to help where required.

Please make sure you book us for any settlements, as the office may only be manned as required.

Please call Peter on 0418 715 022 if you don’t get a response from the office line.

Please remember that the Titles Office and Courts (and others) will be closed during the break, but if there's anything we can do to assist, we certainly will.

We also note that the standard REIQ and other mainstream contracts list the period between Christmas and New Years as non-working days, so industry stakeholders may take advantage of that this year.

Our online searching portal will be available, subject to provider availability. Sign up now if you don’t yet have a logon.

The team at Atkinson’s wish all our clients and their loved ones a very safe and Merry Christmas!

Thank you for your support this last year, and we look forward to being able to assist you in 2016.

Bye-bye Viv and welcome Cynthia and clients from C & R Legal!

This week, our beloved and super-efficient Viv is leaving to have her first baby! We wish her, Corey and the new arrival all the very best! We hope to see her back when she is ready.

We'll post a pic of the new arrival, so stay tuned through the new year.

At the same time, we welcome Cynthia from C & R Legal, and her clients, to the Atkinson's family.

C & R Legal, like us, are deeply passionate about providing outstanding personalised service, and have been doing so for many years.

C & Legal's client's will enjoy the same great service, same friendly people but with even more capacity, experience and services.

Cynthia will still be here to assist you whenever you need, but can now draw on a larger team to provide an expanded range of services.

In welcoming C & R Legal clients we say that more then ever, our focus remains on delivering our personalised and professional expertise you have become accustomed to across a larger network of staff and services. In addition, we are committed to providing you with a broad array of more sophisticated products and services to help you meet your practice's needs and goals:

+ Enhanced and expanded range of services
+ 24 hour searching and settlement booking portal
+ E-conveyancing ready, with free PEXA sponsorship, set-up, ID and training
+ End of month account plus 28 days, credit card payments accepted
+ Online invoice and account system available 24/7
+ No GST on outlays
+ Industry leading experience and pricing

Our focus on these things helps you focus on what matters most: running your firm and doing the things you want to do.

We're building a better, more personalised and professional agency service for you.

Please don't hesitate to contact Cynthia or any of the team at Atkinson's if you have any enquiries.

Titles Registry Removal of Parish and County

The Department of Natural Resources and Mines will be removing references to Parishes and Counties in land transactions, as this information is redundant for the unique identification of land. This will affect forms submitted to the department, and some products and datasets obtained from the department e.g. title searches.

While the formal date for this removal is 30 November 2015, it may take some time for the changes to be applied to all products and services. In the interim, these products will either show the value ‘no longer used’ for Parish and County or reference to Parish and County will be removed.

All Titles Registry forms that currently make reference to the Parish and County will be updated to remove this information. An additional Titles Registry Alert in relation to the amendments to the forms will be distributed in the near future.

The continued use of the current forms will be permitted until further notice; but as of 1 December 2015 the Parish and County fields can be left blank.

The department’s web site contains more detailed information about how the change will affect each product or service:

Titles Office Fees Restructure

Lodgement Fees Revised Structure 1 December 2015

Department of Natural Resources and Mines is increasing fees effective for all lodgements from 1st December 2015

The revised lodgement fee structure is based on a four-tier price point schema ranging from low to high ($25, $32, $82 and $169) with fees set either at one of these price points or by a formula combining particular price points. As an example, the standard lodgement fee which applies to most dealings is currently set at $168.60 and will change to $169 from 1 December.

Please note: other than for investigative searches of the title registers, the fees for information searches, for example (current and historical) titles searches, copies of documents, and other title- related information products remain unchanged

Key changes to the lodgement fees are summarised as follows:

Fees reducing to $32
- Requisitions – fee formerly $40.55
- Record the death of a joint tenant – fee formerly $168.60 (no additional fee for extra lots) - Record change or correction of name of individual – fee formerly $168.60
- Examine sketch plan as part of an instrument – fee formerly $40.55

Fees being deleted
- Lodgement of instrument by postal service – fee formerly $31.80
- Certificate of Title delivered by registered mail – fee formerly $6.90
- Cancellation of Writ (not discharge/satisfaction) – fee formerly $31.80

Fees increasing
- Administrative Advice (excludes Settlement Notice) – fee changing from $15.30 to $25
- Re-lodgement of rejected dealing – former half-fee discount being removed
- Discharge/Satisfaction of Writ – fee changing from $31.80 to $169 for consistency with similar dealings with Caveats and Leases

The DNRM online fee calculator will continue to reflect the current fees up until 30 November 2015 and will be updated on 1 December 2015 to reflect commencement of the new fee settings.
In the meantime the DNRM the fees are listed from the regulations in the Formal Fee Schedule. Further information and links to relevant Regulations will be available on the DNRM website in due course

New Titles Office registration fees for 2015-2016

DNRM Fee-increase

The Titles Office have announced their new fee structure, effective 1 July 2015.

The old base fee of $162.90 increases to $168.60. Settlement Notices are up from $30.80 to $31.80, and requisition fees rise to $40.55 to cite just a few.

Search prices are not increasing yet.

Click here to download the fee schedule.

Click here to download the handy ready reckoner for transfer and other common fees.

Access the online calculator (updated on 1 July).

With econveyancing approaching, remember the DNRM registration fees still apply, on top of the additional PEXA provider fee.