Some property frauds involve individuals impersonating property owners to sell a property. We strongly advise property owners who are not in occupation of any properties they own, to register with the Land Registry’s “Property Alert” service.
Once registered, the Land Registry will send an e-mail to the property owner if, for example, someone carries out a search against the property, thereby alerting them to any potential fraud.
The service is free and up to 10 registered titles can be monitored. Contact details need to be provided and up to 3 addresses can be supplied to the Land Registry. You can sign up online or by telephoning 030 006 0478. For more information visit www.gov.uk/propertyfraud .