Know Your Rights: Property Alert Service And Protecting From Fraud

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Know Your Rights has been compiled by Kerry Citizens Information Service which provides a free and confidential service to the public…

Question: My aunt has just moved out of her home to live in a nursing home. Her house is in a remote part of the country and her family doesn’t live nearby. Are there any services that can help her monitor her home to protect it from property fraud?

Answer: The Property Registration Authority (PRA) has set up a property alert service that lets property owners and other interested parties monitor registered properties for fraudulent activity.

Property fraud could involve someone pretending to be you, and trying to sell or mortgage your property without you knowing.

If you sign up to the property alert service, you will get an email or text if someone lodges an application about your property with the PRA.

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If the activity is fraudulent you can take action if necessary. The property must be registered with the Land Registry, but you do not have to be the owner of the property to use the service. So, you could monitor your aunt’s house for her.

You sign up for the service online at landdirect.ie. You can monitor up to three properties.

To find out more, you can visit prai.ie. Alternatively, you can contact the Property Alert Service Support Team at 0761 001610 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) or email propertyalerts@prai.ie.

• Contact us in Tralee on Tel: 0761 07 7860 Killarney 0761 07 7820, Listowel 0761 07 7840 Kenmare 0761 07 7810, & Caherciveen 0761 07 7780. Outreach Services; Killorglin weekly, Dingle monthly, please call Tralee for more information.

Information is also available online at citizensinformation.ie and from the Citizens Information Phone Service, 0761 07 4000

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