Conveyancing Solicitors Suffolk – Help to avoid becoming a property fraud victim
‘If you own a property that you do not live in, e.g. it is rented out, the Land Registry offer a free service to help prevent fraudulent dealings relating to that property. You can make an application to the Land Registry for a restriction to be placed on the register saying that no sale or mortgage can take place without a letter from the owner’s solicitor confirming that they are satisfied that the person selling or mortgaging the property is the same person as the owner. Putting this restriction on the property register provides an additional safeguard against forgery by operating as a deterrent. The form ‘RQ’ can be downloaded from the Land Registry website at www.landregistry.gov.uk.’
Linda Mulrooney is a property executive in the residential property team at Barker Gotelee, solicitors in Ipswich.
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