In its first year, over 19,000 people have signed up to Land Registry’s free Property Alert service.
The award-winning service provides an early warning of possible suspicious activity on someone’s property.
Tracey Salvin, Property Alert Service Manager said:
“The aim of Property Alert is to help people protect their home from fraudsters. There are many people who have no idea that someone could ‘steal’ their home from under them, but unfortunately it can and does happen. For example, someone may pretend to be you using forged documents and sell or mortgage your home. While this is not common, when it does happen it can have devastating consequences for the victim. Imagine finding out that someone else has sold or mortgaged your property without your knowledge and disappeared with the money, leaving you to pick up the pieces. That is why we’ve introduced a number of anti-fraud measures at Land Registry including Property Alert.”
How Property Alert works
1.You will need to set up an online account with Land Registry which is free at https://www.gov.uk/property-alert
2.You’ll be able to monitor up to ten registered properties in England and Wales. Email alerts will be sent when there is certain activity on the property – you can then judge whether or not the activity is suspicious and if you should seek further advice
3.People who are not online can also sign up for Property Alert by calling 0300 006 0478
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