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KEYWORD "Fraud" - 194 RESULTS
Property Natter: ‘the only way to bring about change is to be proactive’

In this latest ‘Women in Property’ edition of the Natter, I check in with Collette Allen, who was recently appointed as...

28 May 2022

From: Features

Speedy sales adding fraud risks for estate agents – warning

Speedy property sales may not be as good as they seem, an industry figure has warned. Recent figures released by Rightmove indicate...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Why speedy transactions could be leaving the door wide open to fraudsters

In this guest piece, Colum Smith, a property expert at law firm Taylor Rose MW, sets out why speedier transactions could...

07 May 2022

From: Features

Letting agents – why reconcile your client account?

Accountancy terminology can be a turn off to many business owners, understandably so given that the majority aren’t working in lettings...

27 April 2022

From: Features

Law firm backs home moving proptech to help tackle fraud

Law firm Taylor Rose MW has acquired a stake in proptech firm SlothMove in an effort to help combat property fraud. SlothMove...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

The real life horror behind the drama - why we must be on our guard against fraud

In a new column, solicitor Colum Smith, an expert in combating fraud at Taylor Rose MW Solicitors, explains why those looking...

26 March 2022

From: Features

Income Tax cut and VAT scrapped on home energy efficiency measures

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a dramatic future income tax cut, changes to National Insurance thresholds and scrapping VAT on more...

23 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Are Reviews Faked? Trustpilot bats away claims of ignoring breaches

The international reviews service Trustpilot has batted away criticism from a property website that it ignores breaches of its guidelines. Last week,...

15 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Confiscate oligarchs’ homes and sell them to raise cash for Ukraine - call

The Mayor of London is demanding ministers take sanctioning Russian oligarchs seriously by moving immediately to seize assets that can then...

08 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Review row over company making allegations about OnTheMarket

A row has broken out over a company which has made allegations about Trustpilot reviews of OnTheMarket. A company called KwikChex says...

07 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Alto Q&A: New features and integrations agents need to know about

We know that agents rely heavily on property software solutions to run their agency, particularly to ease the burden of administrative...

01 March 2022

From: Sponsored Content

Q&A with the RLBA - what are property logbooks and why are they important?

In the last two years digital Property Logbooks for our homes have moved from concept to reality with almost a quarter...

26 February 2022

From: Features

Opinion: The property sector should take action now, not wait for the Economic Crime Bill

The outcome of the Ukraine crisis is far from certain, but one thing has become abundantly clear. The long-overdue Economic Crime...

26 February 2022

From: Features

Fraud: Agents offered free compliance check-up by PropTech supplier

Agents are being offered a free review of their compliance status between now and the end of March by a PropTech...

22 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents - how to spot and stop fraud

Alexander Siedes, CEO of Homeppl, reveals the top five ways people try and commit tenancy fraud and how to spot and stop...

19 February 2022

From: Features

Insight - an estate agents’ guide to AML

The UK property industry has long been a target of fraudsters due to the low levels of transparency and the fact...

12 February 2022

From: Features

Purplebricks reviews dispute takes new twist four years on

A long running dispute between reviews website allAgents and Purplebricks has come back to life - with a new twist. In 2017...

08 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Fraud - Agents have key role to deter crime

An hour-long webinar this week aims to inform agents how to deter property fraud by greater emphasis on compliance, due diligence...

25 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – my predictions for the property market in 2022

As this is the first Natter back since the Christmas break, I should like to first wish all our readers a...

15 January 2022

From: Features

Agent Alert - “more and more” cyber attacks on companies

A warning has gone out to estate agents that “more and more” reports are being filed about cyber attacks on agencies...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Goodbye referral fees? Conveyancing expert’s anger over IT crisis

A conveyancer has contacted Estate Agent Today suggesting that the Simplify Group IT data crisis could be the death knell for the company...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Stop Property Fraudsters - new guide released

A new guide to help avoid property title fraud, where home ownership can be stolen, has been released by the Fraud...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Identity theft and fraud - how it happens and how to prevent it

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on all aspects of our lives, but undoubtedly one major negative side effect...

11 December 2021

From: Features

Revealed – how fraudsters scam agents

With tenancy fraud on the rise, landlords are increasingly wary. So, they want to work with agencies who do everything they...

08 December 2021

From: Features

Property Fraud - how agents can combat a growing threat

Property fraud is on the rise and early in 2022 agents will have an opportunity to attend a webinar featuring a...

08 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Are you fit to fight financial crime in property transactions?  

I’ve worked in financial crime for the past seven years, beginning my career as a white collar crime litigator in a law firm. I know that the...

04 December 2021

From: Features

Estate agents urged to assess compliance procedures after sloppy AML checks lead to man’s house being stolen

Estate agents are being urged to ensure their compliance procedures are up to scratch after fraudsters stole a man’s identity and...

02 December 2021

From: Sponsored Content

 Improving the home buying and selling process - what's the latest?

Despite the progress made in so many areas, particularly in terms of leasehold reform – although we are calling upon the...

27 November 2021

From: Features

Cyber-Attack: Agents must learn from Simplify IT catastrophe

Agents must have a robust plan in place in case they are subjected to a ransomware cyber attack, says the Guild...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents - time to make the switch to EV

The phrase ‘time is money’ is particularly pertinent for estate agents. Since the stamp duty holiday ended, the forecast drop in...

17 November 2021

From: Features

Agency owner jailed for “utterly despicable crime”

The owner of an estate agency in Sussex has been jailed for five years for what a judge has called “an...

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

“Devastating lack of due diligence” slammed in property fraud case

A prominent law expert is claiming that a high profile case of property fraud, reported earlier this week, involved a “devastating...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Fraud: A house is sold without owner’s knowledge

A BBC investigation has revealed that a man’s house was sold and his furnishings removed without his knowledge, in the latest...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS’ latest top appointment has had 42 years as a Civil Servant

RICS has appointed a former civil servant with a 42-year career as its new audit committee chair. Mike Driver, currently president of...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Why the UK property market is at the centre of global tax avoidance and financial crime

The Pandora Papers - the biggest ever leak of offshore data - has revealed that the UK’s property market is being...

30 October 2021

From: Features

Revealed – what is the state of the rental market today?

In the UK, 3.5 million households — which is over one-third of UK households — are either privately or socially rented,...

27 October 2021

From: Features

PropTech pilot scheme next month to make sales safer and faster

There’s been another step to make house sales more secure and speedier, with a pilot scheme starting next month. Five major identity...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Fake conveyancers diverting purchase funds into fraudsters’ wallets

Buyers are being warned about scams conning people out of hundreds of thousands of pounds. The Law Society of England and Wales...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert: Rise in property fraud makes data checks vital

An alert has gone out to sales and lettings agents to be more diligent with their checking of data, and to...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Is your business ready to offer the best digital experience to your customers?

In this thought leadership article, Videosign CEO Steven Tallant looks at electronic signatures and conveyancing and whether the time is nigh for the...

16 October 2021

From: Features

RICS new Rules of Conduct try to win back respect for battered body

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is trying to win back respect within the property industry with new Rules of Conduct...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

We Salute You! - industry tribute after the stamp duty holiday frenzy

The stamp duty holiday concluded at midnight, marking the end of the busiest period for the industry - all parts of...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS Scandal - apology given to whistleblowers amid major overhaul

The governing council of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has issued a public apology to the whistle blowers whose actions...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm backed by Zoopla founder launches AML platform

A PropTech firm backed by Zoopla founder Alex Chesterman has launched a new anti-money laundering (AML) tool for estate agents. Thirdfort has...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Businesses, including agencies, hand back £1.3 billion in furlough money

New figures from HM Treasury have revealed that businesses, including a number of major agencies, have returned £1.3 billion in furlough...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS Scandal - Senior figures quit but “no fraud or crime” says QC

The independent QC leading a review into the governance scandal at the RICS says there was “no fraudulent or criminal misbehaviour”...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Better AML solutions needed amid warnings of possible impacts of Afghanistan exit on financial crime

Regulators are warning the UK’s property, finance and legal sectors to be aware of the possible impacts of the exit from...

09 September 2021

From: Sponsored Content

RICS scandal - more details expected to be revealed today

A news conference today is expected to reveal more details of the governance scandal which has engulfed the Royal Institution of...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS scandal - chief executive in talks to stand down

The chief executive of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Sean Tompkins, is in talks to step down according to an...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Estate agency scandal shows Trading Standards work is vital - claim

The work of the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team is “vital” it claims - and the case of the...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Banned estate agent given custodial sentence

A banned West Midlands estate agent has today been sentenced to a custodial sentence of six weeks, suspended for two years, and fined £4,000 at Wolverhampton Crown Court after pleading guilty...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC targets property transactions after slump in tax income

HM Revenue & Customs is reported to be targeting recent home buyers after a slump in income from property taxes during...

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS Fraud Risk Controversy - QC delivers 400 page report

The independent QC asked to prepare a report into the financial conduct row at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has...

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent faces prison after defrauding pensioner out of £160,000

An estate agent with stomach cancer faces a prison sentence after pleading guilty of defrauding an 80 year old pensioner out...

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS governance scandal - another delay before report appears

The publication of a report following a controversial RICS investigation has been pushed back another month. Last month it was announced that...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Bankrupt took hundreds of thousands ‘to build retirement home’

A bankrupt builder from Devon persuaded pensioners to pay him £271,000 to construct a home - but his poor workmanship has...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Tragedy as well-known industry expert dies suddenly

The founder and managing director of FCS Compliance, Jerry Walters, has died suddenly. A statement from the company says he died during...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

As buyers race to save, agents should focus on sales, not compliance

The property market was expected to struggle to recover after the first lockdown, but, thanks to the stamp duty holiday and...

30 June 2021

From: Features

Q&A with Jerry Walters – why the AML clock is ticking for letting agents

With property fraud on the rise and an ever-increasing number of transactions taking place in the lettings sector, having strict anti-money laundering...

22 May 2021

From: Features

Agents – can facial recognition ID help to speed up the sales and rental process?

In recent years, the property market has been taking steps to become more digital – with HM Land Registry leading the...

19 May 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Portal Data Breaches: security should tighten says tech expert

The man behind the free-to-list portal Residential People says security across all portals should be tightened, with so-called Two Factor Authentication...

18 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Cybercrime warning to estate agents holding sensitive data

A leading industry trade body is warning that remote-working agents and smaller independent agencies are particularly vulnerable to the growing threat...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove Data Security change in new bid to deter fraudsters

Rightmove is to roll-out two-factor authentication within Rightmove Plus to try to protect agents against attempts by fraudsters to steal leads and...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS governance crisis - Leading lawyer wants your views

The independent review into the governance of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is calling for comments. Earlier this year RICS was the...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Free anti-money laundering training for Rightmove member agents

The anti-money laundering compliance service that is now part of data company LonRes is holding a training session for Rightmove member...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Online KYC checks help estate agents battle rising fraud

As an estate agent, you should of course be performing robust Know Your Customer (KYC) checks as part of your Anti-Money...

01 May 2021

From: Features

Change is coming – how can we improve the homebuying process?

With property transactions taking longer than ever and many people operating at capacity, it is easy to overlook the progress made,...

28 April 2021

From: Features

Stamp duty holiday: could the market be more vulnerable to fraud?

The Chancellor’s recent announcement that the stamp duty holiday would be extended for another three months was undoubtedly great news for...

27 March 2021

From: Features

Rightmove pledges to keep data access restriction under review

Rightmove has promised to keep its restrictions on access to Rightmove Plus under review - and says it’s aiming to help...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

In Conversation – Data Sharing with LonRes chief Anthony Payne

In this week’s In Conversation Today, I speak with Anthony Payne, Managing Director and co-founder of LonRes, a data and network...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Video - How can agents thrive in a more tenant-centric market?

In a video interview for Letting Agent Today, property professional Chris Buckler speaks to Mike Dawson, Group Head of Sales at...

27 February 2021

From: Features

Fraudster agent escapes prison after scamming insurance company

An agent working for a Countrywide brand in Lancashire has been given a suspended jail sentence after being found guilty of...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Scam Alert! Fake agent lists on Zoopla and joins redress scheme

A high-profile London agency is asking the police and property industry bodies including Trading Standards to investigate a fake company posing under...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Customer Data Breach: Foxtons at centre of newspaper allegations

A newspaper claims that thousands of customers’ financial details held by Foxtons Group are being freely accessed on the so-called dark...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS in dramatic U-turn after newspaper allegations

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors last night announced a dramatic U-turn in the controversy over a report by an independent...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Data Fraud Warning: lockdown makes agents’ systems more vulnerable

A trade body is warning that increased home working triggered by Coronavirus makes the agency industry more vulnerable than ever to...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC names agencies breaching anti-money laundering processes

Estate agencies have been named by HM Revenue & Customs for breaching anti-money laundering regulations. The list of those breaching the rules...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS finance controversy: Surveyors’ chief insists action is being taken

The president of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors insists that the organisation is acting on recommendations of a probe into...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

RICS finance controversy - new allegations made by newspaper

The Sunday Times has made new and detailed allegations regarding the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. For some weeks the newspaper has...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Furlough Fraud: MPs want agencies and other claimants named

MPs want the government to publish the names of estate agencies and other companies claiming furlough funding. The all-party Public Accounts Committee of...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

How can PropTech adapt within an uncertain market?

Ever since the initial ripples of innovation in the 1990s, PropTech has proceeded to reshape our market beyond recognition; going on...

19 December 2020

From: Features

What leaving the EU means for anti-money laundering legislation

The coronavirus pandemic has somewhat eclipsed Brexit this year – which is no mean feat. Cast your mind back to pre-Covid...

12 December 2020

From: Features

Will extended furlough help struggling agents and suppliers?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has extended the furlough scheme until the end of March. It will continue under the current rules, with the...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Top tips on how to ensure your AML procedures are up to scratch

The property market, and therefore, estate agents have been accused of being the 'weak link' in the UK’s money laundering defences. This...

27 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

Agents told off for not being ready for Anti-Money Laundering regs

A security company says it is “disappointing” the estate agency industry is only around 55 per cent through preparations to cope...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge property empire collapses after National Crime Agency probe

A businessman with links to serious criminals has lost his vast investment property empire worth nearly £10m after a National Crime...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Disgraced agent pays £110,000 compensation but must pay more

A disgraced former estate agent has paid his victims around £110,000 but must pay another £5,000 or so in the immediate...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

£73,000 defrauded from Countrywide branch - culprits go free

Over £73,000 has been stolen from a Countrywide branch by two admin staff making false travel claims and issuing fake invoices. The crimes...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

AML checks for estate agents who don’t have time for compliance

The last few months have been tough for the property sector, and the pressure will continue as estate agents across the...

19 August 2020

From: Features

Furlough Fraud: HMRC targets property firms for investigation

A law practice says HM Revenue & Customs is launching a probe into companies that have allegedly abused the Coronavirus furlough...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Pre-qualify tenants before a viewing and reference them with one shareable viewing link from your CRM

Can technology bring about the lasting change needed to the property industry? The industry has felt the effect of lockdown and...

28 July 2020

From: Sponsored Content

The fraud risks facing the property sector as a result of Covid-19

Businesses across all sectors have struggled to adapt to the changes brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. One group that have bucked...

01 July 2020

From: Features

Technology is central to solving property’s mismeasurement issue

To most people, purchasing a home is the single most significant financial commitment made across a lifetime. Given the impact and...

13 June 2020

From: Features

Conveyancing fraud warning issued by leading consumer group

Consumers are not as worried as they should be about conveyancing fraud, putting them at risk of losing life-changing sums of...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Remote Verification: How Property Firms Can Protect Themselves & Thrive

Aside from the obvious health crisis, the current pandemic is proving difficult for the business worldwide. However, despite the increasing contact...

22 April 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Scam and Fraud Alert: Sellers urged to check authenticity of ‘buyers’

Sellers are being warned to make strict checks before responding to advertisements apparently from prospective buyers.  The National Association of Property Buyers...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Self-employed agents set to benefit from government aid package

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced new measures to help the self-employed - likely to be welcomed by self-employed estate agents. The Chancellor...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agent who swindled pensioner of £5,000 escapes jail

An estate agent who swindled a 69 year old woman out of £5,000 has escaped jail - and has been ordered...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: reports of cyberfraud phishing emails

A number of estate agents have recently received phishing emails, fraudulently claiming to be from the main portals and trying to...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency denies any responsibility for cyber security breach

Estate agents concerned over security breaches will be closely analysing what happens with a case concerning a London firm’s compromised email...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Could you cut months off your deal time?

Quite a few years ago, I spoke at a conference for auctioneers. It was a traditional affair. Rural location. Nice hotel....

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

How digitisation will change conveyancing – for the better

In the field of conveyancing, there’s a new dynamic at play. And that dynamic is customer-driven and customer-focused, using digital technology...

22 January 2020

From: Features

Guilty: online agent awaits sentence after stealing thousands

An online estate agent is awaiting sentence after being found guilty of a £5,000 fraud  Claire Ainsworth, who worked for the agency...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Fraud! Agents who over-value to win instructions 'act illegally'- claim

Estate agents who deliberately over-value properties in order to win instructions are effectively committing fraud according to a prominent industry figure. Russell...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New ‘easy moving’ conveyancing app wins praise from Zoopla founder

Alex Chesterman, the entrepreneur who founded Zoopla, has given vocal backing to a new conveyancing app called Thirdfort. The app allows conveyancers’...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tax Probe: family returns homes worth £8m and repays £368,000 rent

Properties worth a combined £8.1m have been surrendered to the National Crime Agency following a tax probe. The properties included 16 homes...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Three agents instructed to sell home seized by squatter

When Jasmine Fakir moved from her home in Brent, north London, to look after her ill mother she certainly did not...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Why agents need to warn clients about mortgage fraud

As an agent, it’s part of your role to protect and advise your clients throughout the buying and selling process. Mortgages are...

26 September 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Buyers falsify and alter documents as mortgage fraud cases rise

There’s been a five per cent rise in the cases of mortgage fraud as increasing numbers of house buyers appear to...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - this week’s news and moves in the industry

Hello and welcome to your regular Monday PJT, the essential guide to who’s moving where in our industry. Everyone mentioned here got...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Jail for fake estate agent who conned thousands out of women

A fraudster who claimed to be an estate agent has been jailed for four years after conning vulnerable women into giving...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

This is it - the busiest week of the year for house moves

This is the busiest week of the year for house moves, with the single busiest day being Friday according to a...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The importance of high quality referencing

It is now over two months since the introduction of the ban on fees charged to tenants, leaving letting agents with...

07 August 2019

From: Features

Crooked swindler estate agent jailed - and the police are delighted

An estate agent who ruthlessly used his position as a prominent figure in the community to win the trust of vulnerable...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge fine for estate agency after data breach

The Information Commissioner’s Office has fined a London estate agency £80,000 for leaving 18,610 customers' personal data exposed for almost two years. The security...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Police investigate estate agency over fraud and theft allegations

The police have opened an investigation after a number of complaints have been made about the financial affairs of a sales...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Emoov collapse: angry sellers threaten legal action

Estate Agent Today has been contacted by an individual who says he is one of three former Emoov customers intending to...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Facebook's own currency to drive rental transactions

Facebook is set to enter the cryptocurrency business with the big reveal of its formal plans scheduled for some point this...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Many estate agencies at risk over data security, claims IT firm

An IT firm says small and medium-sized estate agencies without the infrastructure of large corporates are putting themselves and their customers...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

160 homes are owned by 'high corruption-risk' individuals say MPs

A Parliamentary committee has claimed that 160 properties in the UK are owned by “high corruption-risk individuals” and wants more to...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Anti-money laundering: the key myths and misconceptions

The UK property market can be seen by criminals as an effective vehicle to conceal the proceeds of economic crime. Criminally...

18 May 2019

From: Features

You're going to prison agent told in £110,000 fraud case

An estate agent in the north east of England has been told he will face prison after admitting two counts of...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Explained - the future of tenant referencing after the fees ban

Low risk letting is everyone’s aim, but unless legitimate guidelines are followed it’s difficult to know if a tenant will prove...

17 April 2019

From: Features

The good, the bad and the future of property chain communication

Thinking about the state of communication across residential property chains is enough to induce a severe migraine. We work in a world...

20 March 2019

From: Features

Countrywide hit with £215,000 fine in HMRC swoop on agents

It’s been revealed that Countrywide has been hit with a £215,000 fine as part of a swoop by HMRC cracking down...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Named and shamed: property portal database of rogue traders includes murderers

The controversial property portal Propertyheads has compiled a blacklist of tradesmen who have a criminal record. The website says this is the...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents doing not nearly enough to report money laundering - claim

The government’s anti-money laundering campaign Flag It Up has published an A to Z which it claims will help agents understand...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

What is the risk?

The Money Laundering Regulations require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation to...

20 February 2019

From: Sponsored Content

PropTech can help prevent fraud – here’s how

To a sales-focused agency, having a lettings department can sometimes feel like losing control of the business. Recent cases of property management...

07 February 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Will any portal ever beat Rightmove?

If you want an engaging page-turner novel for cold winter evenings, my recommendation is Our House by Louise Candlish, a bestseller...

26 January 2019

From: Features

It’s time to upgrade your AML armoury

The government has moved to crack down on money laundering in the UK with a new campaign focusing on the accountancy,...

16 January 2019

From: Features

Anti-money laundering system to be beefed up by new government board

The National Association of Estate Agents has met with other members of a high-level government board to look at ways of...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing fraud on the rise as new transparency rules kick in

It’s been revealed that 37 regulated conveyancing firms have repelled attempted frauds in the past year. But 11 conveyancing firms have actually...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Property fraud: insurance firm offers cover, as police seek help on new case

An insurance company is launching a policy which it says will protect consumers with comprehensive cover in the event of a...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

AML compliance – why the smart money is on automation

Technology is transforming the way we comply with Anti Money Laundering (AML) regulation. It is providing a consistent approach, reliable outcomes...

05 September 2018

From: Features

Fake Sales: jail threat to lying estate agent caught up in CPR fraud

A maverick Cornish estate agent who falsely gave the impression to customers that his business was highly successful has been hit...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Conveyancing proposals could delay transactions, warns law firm

A leading legal firm has given broad approval to proposals from the Law Commission aimed at improving the conveyancing process and...

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Don’t fall foul of anti-money laundering rules

Does your company apply adequate customer due diligence measures when carrying out estate agency work?  Does it establish and maintain appropriate policies...

28 July 2018

From: Features

I know the secret behind Purplebricks, says industry newcomer

A businessman who’s just entered the estate agency industry says he’s got the secret behind Purplebricks’ success - even though he...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: How can agents boost revenue with Open Banking?

Since January 2018, nine of the UK’s biggest banks have allowed competitors direct access to customer data as part of the...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Making conveyancing quicker and better - that’s the promise...

The Law Commission has unveiled proposals that it claims could stop property fraudsters in theirb tracks and improve conveyancing at the...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

GDPR Weekly: How should agents deal with security breaches?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 - has now become effective and is...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Proptech: automate anti-money laundering, security chief urges

A PropTech company boss says evidence given to MPs confirms the need to improve anti-money laundering processes through greater automation and...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? (Part 1)

The Money Laundering Regulations 2017 require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation...

25 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Fraudulent sellers: solicitors must pay but should agents improve checks?

The Court of Appeal has overturned controversial fraud decisions which have a bearing on agents’ and conveyancers’ responsibilities for checking buyers’...

16 May 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs to probe foreign-owned property as part of 'economic crime' inquiry

The Treasury Select Committee of MPs has announced an inquiry into ‘economic crime’ - including the possibility that overseas-owned UK homes could be...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent jailed after using client's details to take out £30,000 in loans

An estate agent has been jailed for 18 months after he took out £30,000 worth of loans in the name of...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Crimestoppers working with agents to deter ruthless conveyancing fraudsters

Crimestoppers is working with estate agencies and financial advisers as well as conveyancers in a bid to eliminate house buyers’ deposits...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Land Registry's digital conveyancing plans backed by government

The government has given its support to Land Registry proposals to increase the digitalisation of its services, with changes coming into...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

British estate agent jailed in Dubai after critical WhatsApp message

The Sun reports that a British estate agent spent three weeks in jail in Dubai after sending a highly critical WhatsApp...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New 'national economic crime centre' to tackle money laundering

The Home Office has announced a new division to tackle fraud issues, including money laundering. A new national economic crime centre within...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Suspended prison sentence for agent after Gumtree scam

An estate agent branded as "thoroughly dishonest" following a Gumtree scam has been jailed for 20 months, suspended for two years....

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Financial crime – are estate agents at risk?

The spread and sophistication of financial crime in the UK in recent years has been unprecedented.  Figures from UK Finance show that...

04 November 2017

From: Features

NAEA tells members to just delete fraud spam email

The National Association of Estate Agents is telling members to delete a spam email purporting to have been sent by the...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Blockchain - who are the key players?

In his PropTech 3.0 report, Andrew Baum dedicated an entire section to blockchain; it was titled: ‘Blockchain is coming – get...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Get paid on time: Q&A with PayProp's Neil Cobbold

Having launched 13 years ago, PayProp, part of Humanstate Group, an international private technology services group, has grown into a leading...

30 September 2017

From: Features

Ombudsman warns all agents over fraudulent computer virus scam

The Property Ombudsman has taken the unusual step of warning all estate and letting agents to act with caution over fraudulent...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Vetting tenants to ensure they are all they seem

When a tenant failed to pay any rent after the first month his tenancy last year, the landlord did not expect...

26 August 2017

From: Features

Jail for investor who did not declare capital gains when selling up

A Hampshire property investor who failed to declare Capital Gains Tax from the sale of properties evading £157,725, has been jailed...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

The good, the bad and the ugly of mortgage brokers

One of the biggest stories post-Brexit is how the housing market has proven to be more resilient than anyone could have...

15 April 2017

From: Features

Conveyancing: Market problems relate to flawed system, not staff

The publication of our Strategic Plan, ‘Building the framework for the future’, met with an anticipated degree of positive and not-so-positive...

01 April 2017

From: Features

Agents' websites with log-in pages are 'vulnerable to attack'

A US technology company is warning that estate agency websites with log-in pages are “at risk of data theft, account takeover...

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Guilty - agent admits 76 offences involving thousands of pounds

An estate agent will be sentenced next month after pleading guilty to 76 fraud offences.   The Get Surrey website reports that Ayodele...

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers want 'log book' and 'home report' for each property

The Conveyancing Association wants the creation of a ‘log book’ and ‘Home Reports’ for each home on sale - reminiscent in...

15 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Imprisoned estate agent to return to court for financial hearing

It has been revealed that an estate agent who is serving a five year prison sentence for fraud is to return...

20 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Big take-up for Land Registry's property fraud alert service

Over 50,000 have signed up to the Land Registry’s property fraud alert service following a series of high-profile stories on the...

06 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Agent spots her father's house fraudulently listed on Rightmove

An estate agent spotted her father’s house advertised on Rightmove just three days before it was due to be auctioned -...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

'Whistle-blower' estate agent was unfairly dismissed, rules tribunal

An estate agent at an office of London agency Felicity J Lord, who alleged unethical practices were taking place in the...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers demand sweeping changes to buying process

The Conveyancers' Association has called for sweeping changes to the house buying and moving system to create a "more certain and...

14 November 2016

From: Breaking News

NTSEAT investigating kidnapping, violence and insider trading

The National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team based in Powys has revealed that its cases under investigation include apparent offences of...

03 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Nick Dyoss, Group Business Development Director, SearchFlow

Who are you? Nick Dyoss, Group Business Development Director, SearchFlow, property intelligence specialists You have a high profile within the conveyancing search industry,...

26 September 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Portal juggling: campaigning agent demands action against portals

An agent at the centre of the campaign to expose and stop portal juggling wants to know whether the National Trading...

15 August 2016

From: Breaking News

NTSEAT, NAEA, Redress schemes all warn against portal juggling

The National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team is warning agents not to engage in portal juggling - an activity it describes...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Council in Right To Buy media probe prosecutes fraud-case tenant

A man has been prosecuted for fraudulently attempting to purchase a Right To Buy council property from one of the local...

23 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Carole Marsden, SearchFlow UK Sales Director

  Who are you? Carole Marsden   What does it say on your business card? UK Sales Director What attracted you to join SearchFlow?  SearchFlow has...

07 June 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Working to combat conveyancing fraud

Fraudsters attacking the conveyancing sector, successfully stealing large sums of money from homebuyers, are making national headlines at a depressing rate....

27 May 2016

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Money laundering ID – what to do when acting for private individuals

Conducting Customer Due Diligence on clients and beneficial owners is a requirement for all estate agents.   The articles in this series...

06 May 2016

From: Features

SearchFlow partners with Decision First to offer protection against fraud

SearchFlow, property intelligence specialists, has partnered with Decision First to offer an unrivalled service to protect conveyancers and homebuyers from the...

26 April 2016

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Agent jailed for five years after taking £450,000 from elderly clients

An estate agent has been jailed for five years for taking more than £450,000 from elderly clients in Cumbria. A BBC report says...

25 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Estate agent on £450,000 fraud charges told he may face prison

An estate agent who has pleaded guilty to 13 counts of fraud involving around £450,000 has been warned he is likely...

10 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Agent jailed for attempting to swindle 89-year-old vendor in care home

A rogue estate agent has been jailed for 10 months for what a judge has described as a “thoroughly dishonest” act,...

07 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Land Registry throws more light on high-profile property fraud case

The Land Registry has thrown more light on the case in which veteran war reporter Max Hastings was the subject of...

03 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Customer Due Diligence for the Property Sector

“Estate Agents have been highlighted by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) as under reporting relative to their vulnerability to money...

03 December 2015

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Another court appearance for estate agent on fraud and theft charges

An estate agent accused of an alleged £300,000 fraud charge has appeared in a magistrates court, ahead of an expected Crown...

23 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Conveyancer jailed for stamp duty fraud

A conveyancer who swindled his clients and HM Revenue and Customs out of almost £352,500 in stamp duty land tax, has...

18 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Anti-money laundering on the agenda for next NAEA conference

Money laundering and the controversies raised by the From Russia With Cash documentary will be amongst the subjects under discussion at...

16 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Agent denies £250k fraud allegation made by Trading Standards team

An estate agent is going on trial concerning allegations that he defrauded people of over a quarter of a million pounds. Russell...

19 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Estate agent in court: 16 charges, accused of £300,000 fraud

An estate agent accused of being behind a £300,000 fraud has appeared before Carlisle Crown Court. The Cumbrian News & Star local...

15 September 2015

From: Breaking News

'Title fraud costing Land Registry millions' - claim

A property company claims that more than £31m has been paid out by the Land Registry in the past three years...

04 August 2015

From: Breaking News

London mortgage broker guilty of tax fraud

A London mortgage broker who lied about his company profits to evade almost £115,000 in corporation tax has been found guilty...

04 August 2015

From: Breaking News

eMoov bosses targeted by email fraud scammers

eMoov boss Russell Quirk and a senior member of his management team have been targeted in a fraud scam.  Yesterday morning the...

10 July 2015

From: Breaking News

HMRC making anti-money laundering spot checks on agents

The National Association of Estate Agents says HMRC have been making unscheduled visits to individual agency offices to check on their...

19 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Estate agent in court on 16 charges of fraud

A Cumbrian estate agent has appeared in court charged with 16 counts of fraud. The Cumbrian News & Star newspaper reports that...

17 June 2015

From: Breaking News

One estate agent on fraud charges, another banned from pubs

An estate agent has been charged by police with 16 counts of fraud. Donald George Anthony Scott, 61, from Bolton Low Houses,...

15 May 2015

From: Breaking News

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