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DUP North Down MLA Gordon Dunne and East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson have written to the Finance Minister Conor Murphy asking him to publish his plans for Land Registry during the Covid-19 crisis.

Commenting Mr Dunne and Mr Wilson said,

“We have constituents who cannot complete the sale of their home, complete the purchase of their new home, re-mortgage or complete mortgage drawdowns because Land Registry has practically stopped providing any service.

We understand that every organisation has had to take steps to protect its employees but after several weeks, the Minister needs to publish what plans he has to bring the service back on stream.

The notice on the LPS website indicates that all offices and phone lines are closed until 11 May. Four separate generic email addresses are listed for urgent queries.

We appreciate the extraordinary circumstances in which everyone is having to operate but there needs to be clarity for the public. This is a case of people who need to provide shelter for themselves and their families.

Lots of organisations are continuing to provide a service by facilitating working from home and where that is not possible then they have put in place social distancing measures in the workplace. What steps has DoF taken to deliver this in LPS?”

Note to Readers

Below is the notice on the LPS website.

Following government measures announced on 23 March to limit the spread of COVID-19, Land & Property Services offices and phone lines are closed until Monday 11 May. The closure will be kept under regular review and the dates will change in line with further Government announcements.

If you have an urgent query, you can direct it to one of the mailboxes below. Please note that your query may take longer than usual to be dealt with because LPS is currently focused on supporting the COVID-19 Business Support Grant Schemes.

Rates [email protected]

Valuation [email protected]

Land Registration [email protected]

Ordnance Survey [email protected]