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Protect your property from fraud

25 July 2016

Property fraud is where fraudsters try to ’steal’ your property, most commonly by pretending to be you and selling or mortgaging your property without your knowledge.

You are more at risk if:

  • your identity has been stolen;
  • you rent out your property;
  • you live overseas;
  • the property is empty;
  • the property is not mortgaged; or
  • the property is not registered with the Land Registry.

Myers & Co Solicitors, based in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, can help you to take steps to avoid becoming a victim of property fraud. No system can be 100 per cent fraud-proof but we can work with you and help you to understand what you can do to protect yourself.

How Myers & Co can help you

We can sign you up to the Land Registry’s free Property Alert service which means that you will be sent an alert each time there is significant activity that may result in a change to the register of a property you are monitoring. You can monitor up to 10 registered properties in England and Wales.

We can also assist you in putting a restriction in place on your property title. This will stop the Land Registry registering a sale or mortgage on your property unless a conveyancer or solicitor certifies that the application was made by you. There are various restriction forms to complete depending on your situation or ownership of the property.

For further information on how to protect yourself from becoming the next victim of property fraud, please contact Kerry Dundas, Director of Residential Conveyancing on 01782 525016 or email kerry.dundas@myerssolicitors.co.uk.

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The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only.  They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice.  The law may have changed since this article was published.  Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice upon their own particular circumstances.


Kerry Dundas

DDI: 01782 525016

E: kerry.dundas@myerssolicitors.co.uk