The Land Registry are encouraging landlords to sign up and get alerts should anyone undertake a search on their properties. Rented properties are considered to be more at risk of property fraud. Criminals have been known to use forged documents to try to take ownership of properties and the Registry says landlords are particularly at risk, with reports of fraudsters attempting to mortgage or sell properties without the owners’ knowledge.
Anyone can monitor up to 10 properties. Email alerts are sent when the Land Registry receives certain applications to change the register or for official searches. At this point the person monitoring the property can decide whether the activity is suspicious and whether they need further advice.
For more information and to sign up to Property Alert visit the Land Registry click here.