We thought it would be helpful to make our property-owning clients aware of a free Land Registry service called ‘Property Alert’. By signing up to this free service, you then get an email to alert you if there is any activity relating to your property. We strongly recommend our clients use this service, especially if your property is unmortgaged.
Property fraud is on the rise with more and more elaborate schemes coming to light. A very recent example of such is the case last month (December 2015) involving the veteran war reporter Max Hastings. In this case, fraudsters took a tenancy of a £1.3 million house owned by his wife and then changed their identity to that of the wife (by deed poll) enabling them to then get a passport in her name. They then used this ‘official document’ to act as seller of the property. The first the Hastings knew of the sale of their house was when a solicitor contacted them to ask whether they were aware their house had been sold! There have been several similar cases in recent months.
By signing up to the free Land Registry service you will be warned if there is any activity relating to your property and so you can prevent such fraud taking place without your knowledge.
Click here to sign up to the free service: https://propertyalert.landregistry.gov.uk/.
For more information please visit the site link above or contact Rachel Duncan on 0118 952 7280 or email [email protected].
Consistent with our policy when giving comment and advice on a non-specific basis, we cannot assume legal responsibility for the accuracy of any particular statement. In the case of specific problems we recommend that professional advice be sought.