We have introduced an additional counter-fraud security measure for companies who own registered property.

Some of the fraud risks faced by private individuals also apply to companies.

To help to prevent and reduce the risk of identity and property fraud, we have launched form RQ(Co).

This new service is similar to the RQ service for private individuals. Companies can use this free service to make a request using form RQ(Co) to enter a counter-fraud restriction on up to three registered titles.

The restriction is designed to help safeguard against forgery. Once the restriction has been registered, it requires a solicitor or other professional conveyancer to certify that they are satisfied the company transferring, leasing or mortgaging the property is the same company as the registered owner. Only then will any new sale, lease or mortgage be registered.

The solicitor or conveyancer must also certify that they have taken reasonable steps to establish that anyone who executed the deed on behalf of the company held the stated office (ie director, secretary or manager) at the time of execution.

If the restriction is required for any additional registered titles an application can be made for this using form RX1 with the relevant fee.

Further details about the form RQ(Co) process are available in our Questions and answers.

To request the counter-fraud restriction simply complete the form RQ(Co) and send it to us by either:

Email

rq-request@landregistry.gov.uk

Post

Citizen Centre – RQ(Co)

Land Registry Wales Office

Tŷ Cwm Tawe

Phoenix Way

Llansamlet

Swansea

SA7 9FQ

Document Exchange (DX) system

Citizen Centre – RQ(Co)

Land Registry Wales Office

DX No: 82800

Swansea (2)

Please do not send form RQ(Co) to us with any other type of application.


Gavin Curry
By Gavin Curry,
Editor of Landnet, Land Registry’s customer magazine