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Model Law: A Blog About Legal Issues

How A Conveyancer Helps In Property Fraud Prevention

by Susanna Phillips

Property fraud is on the rise, and each day, it seems like fraudsters discover a new angle of depriving landlords and tenants of their hard earned money. The fact is that property fraud can hit you from any direction, and hence, you should take measures to ensure you are not caught unawares.

Who Is At Risk Of Property Fraud?

Property fraud happens when someone fakes another person's property ownership documents like title deeds and uses the fake documents to sell the property or obtain a mortgage. Almost everyone who is involved in buying or selling of real estate property can fall victim to fraud. However you are at an even greater risk if you:

  • Own a property but live somewhere else.  If you live somewhere else, your tenant may gain access to your information and use it as a proof of residence to sell your property or use it to take out credit.
  • Own an empty property. An empty property is always at risk of being sold or rented. Forging ownership documents is not that hard nowadays and won't take much of fraudster's effort to do it.

What Can A Conveyancer Do To Protect Your Property?

You can protect your property from fraudster by seeking the assistance of a conveyancer. All that a conveyancer has to do is to record a restriction on the title by certifying that you are the true owner of the property. This is helpful when a third party attempts to register the sale of your property at your land registry offices. With such a restriction in place, the deal will fail unless your conveyancer certifies that you are the one who is making the sale.

Are There Any Other Measures You Can Take To Prevent Property Fraud?

Yes, there are other measures you can take to prevent property fraud. Although it does not guarantee complete safety, registering your property with your local land registry is an important step towards safeguarding your property. In fact, it should be the first. This step ensures that you are recorded as the sole owner of the property. Even if you are conned, you are entitled to a state compensation as long as the record shows you are the legal owner of the property.

Another key measure is to keep your information up to date at your land registry offices. This makes it easy for you to be reached if a fraud is taking place. Failure to do so may not only deny you the chance of catching the fraudster, but may also deny you state compensation

For more information, contact Woodgate Lawyers or a similar firm.


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Model Law: A Blog About Legal Issues

Hello. I'm Mark and I am the manager of a successful modelling agency. It is my job to ensure that our models are well cared for and generate positive publicity for the agency. Sometimes that can be quite challenging and I spend a lot of time liaising with our legal team. From clients who refuse to honour contracts to models who are facing charges themselves, I am constantly dealing with legal issues. Over the years, I have become quite familiar with a range of laws and legal processes. My friends and family consider me to be a veritable fount of information when they have legal questions. I have decided to compose this blog in order to address the issues I most commonly deal with. Please browse at your leisure.