Property fraud – are you protected?

Millions of pounds are lost each year to Property fraud in the UK, which unfortunately is a serious ongoing issue with fraudsters continuing to target property owners regardless of whether owners are individuals or companies, and leaving you to deal with the consequences.

The most common types of frauds are typically where criminals steal a property owner’s identity and then attempt to sell or mortgage their property by pretending to be them.

In particular, fraudsters are more likely to target properties where:

  • the property is rented out
  • the property is empty
  • the property is not mortgaged
  • the property is not registered with HM Land Registry; or
  • you live overseas

To protect your property take advantage of our time limited offer!

Instruct our Property Team to put a ‘Restriction’ on your title for a fixed fee of £100 plus VAT.

If you have a property which you rent out, a second home or live somewhere else for all or part of the year, you should consider registering a Restriction against the property. The benefit of taking this additional step means it will prevent the Land Registry registering any sale or mortgage on your property unless a conveyancer or solicitor certifies that the application was made by you.

Our Property Team can apply to register a Restriction at the Land Registry on your behalf for a fixed fee of £100 plus VAT. To take advantage of this offer ending on Monday 2 December 2019, please email info@amdsolicitors.com or call 0117 962 1205 to instruct us. Please quote this reference: ‘AMDRX1’.

The Land Registry’s Free Property Alert Service

The Land Registry offers a free ‘Property Alert Service’ for properties registered in England and Wales. This is an essential tool that should be considered by anyone wishing to take steps to protect a registered property from risk of fraud.

The Land Registry offers a free ‘Property Alert Service’ for properties registered in England and Wales. This is an essential tool that should be considered by anyone wishing to take steps to protect a registered property from risk of fraud.

To sign up, all you need to provide is a valid email address and the postcode or title number of the property(ies) you want HM Land Registry to monitor (can be up to ten properties).  Once you have signed up to the service, you will receive email alerts from the Land Registry when certain activity occurs on your monitored properties, allowing you to take swift action if these activities are suspicious. The alert email you receive, will signpost you to who you need to contact if you are suspicious.

To sign up to this free service now, visit: ttps://propertyalert.landregistry.gov.uk/  

Keep your contact details up to date!

Please remember to update the Land Registry in writing if your contact details change while you own the property to ensure you receive any such correspondence. For added peace of mind, the Land Registry can hold up to three contact addresses for you, including an email address and an address abroad.

To update your contact details for free visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/updating-registered-owners-contact-address  

What if my property is unregistered?

If your property is not registered at the Land Registry, you should consider making an application for voluntary first registration because it helps protect against fraud, gives you proof of ownership and makes it easier to buy and sell.  

If you are unsure whether your property is unregistered or would like to discuss making a voluntary application, our experienced Property Team will be able to assist you.

If you would like any advice or assistance in connection with the above, please get in touch by emailing info@amdsolicitors.com, calling our Property Team on 0117 962 1205  or fill out our Contact Us form by visiting https://amdsolicitors.com/contact/


This article is provided for general information purposes only and represents our understanding of the relevant law and practice as at the date of uploading. This article should not be relied upon as legal advice pertaining to any specific factual situation. Legal decisions should be made only after proper consultation with a legal professional of your choosing.

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