Property Alert wins Real IT Award

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On 15 May our Property Alert service won in the Real IT awards “Innovation in Business” category.

Other organisations in the category included E.ON, Standard Life and SThree.

The team behind creating Property Alert were delighted to receive the award on behalf of Land Registry. Rowland Coombs, IT Director said: “We’re really pleased that Property Alert has been recognised in this way, winning in a category that recognises the use of technology in a particularly innovative way. We have always aimed to create an easy-to-use service to help members of the public to detect any unexpected activity on their property which could be fraudulent. 8,000 Property Alert accounts have been created to date, so we know there is a demand for the free service.”

The judges commented: “The Land Registry clearly made significant effort to understand customer and business needs and problems; and responded to those by creating an innovative new digital service. Furthermore, they challenged their technical teams to alter their skill sets, challenging their comfort zones, and asked them to rapidly adopt new central government strategies around open source technologies. It is evident that there was clear focus on achieving benefits for their customers and organisation, this shone through their submission.”

Designed and judged by senior IT professionals in leading global organisations, a Real IT Award represents the best acknowledgement of success and reflects the best of corporate IT.

About Property Alert

Property Alert is a free property monitoring service aimed at anyone who feels their registered property could be at risk from fraud. It is the latest counter-fraud measure that we have introduced to help protect people’s most valuable asset – their home. Once you have signed up to the service, you will receive email alerts when official searches1 and applications2 are received against your monitored properties, allowing you to take action if necessary.

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1. Official searches: a mechanism which allows people, such as house buyers or mortgage lenders, to protect their interest before the actual purchase or mortgage is recorded in the register. It can be sent to us up to 30 working days before the application is sent.

2. Applications for registration: an application is a formal request to change the details of a registered title. Applications can be made to make a variety of changes to a register. The most common types of application are to record the sale of a property or a mortgage or other secured loan.

Tracey Salvin
By Tracey Salvin,
Product Manager at HM Land Registry