Why Does A Conveyancer Verify Your Identity?

by | Dec 18, 2023

In the intricate world of property transactions, verifying one’s identity might seem like just another step in the long list of procedures. Yet, it holds significant importance. In this post, we’ll lift the curtain on why conveyancers place such emphasis on this verification process.

The Legal Mandate Behind Identity Verification

In recent times, regulations have grown stringent, necessitating conveyancers to confirm the identity of individuals involved in property transactions.

Property Laws Act

This act mandates the thorough checking of a client’s credentials to ascertain they are who they claim to be. Changes and updates to this act in recent years have further cemented the need for a rigorous identity check process.

Mitigating Property Fraud Risks

  • Deceptive Title Transfers: Instances where fraudsters claim ownership and sell properties that don’t belong to them.
  • Fake Identity Usages: Cases where individuals use counterfeit or stolen identification to impersonate the real owner.
  • Illicit Property Rentals: Scenarios where a person rents out a property they don’t own.
  • Identity verification plays a pivotal role in curbing these frauds. By ensuring that both buyers and sellers are genuinely who they profess to be, it acts as a significant barrier against scams.

Ensuring Trust In Property Transactions

Building trust is an intangible yet invaluable facet of any transaction.

Elements Of Trust

  • Transparency: At the heart of any trusted transaction lies transparency. Both parties must have a clear, unobstructed view of all components of the deal. This includes understanding terms, conditions and any clauses present. With transparency, there’s a reduced chance of misunderstandings or misinterpretations that could lead to disputes later.
  • Consistency: Consistency in property transactions refers to standardised processes and protocols. This means every step, from property inspection to final signing, follows a tried-and-tested pathway. With consistent steps, parties can anticipate the next move, leading to smoother transactions and fewer surprises.
  • Reliability: Reliability is the assurance that both parties are genuine, honest and will hold up their end of the bargain. It’s the comfort of knowing that the other party will not resort to underhanded tactics or break the terms of the agreement. Through identity verification, a level of this reliability is established. Once identities are confirmed, it solidifies the authenticity of both parties, ensuring they are genuine stakeholders in the transaction.

Verifying identities paves the way for these trust elements by laying a foundation of credibility.

Role Of Digital Verification In Modern Conveyancing

With the digital age upon us, the conveyancing process has not been left behind. Digital tools have revolutionised identity checks, making them more efficient and foolproof.

  • Biometric Scans: Utilising fingerprints or facial recognition for authenticating individuals.
  • Document Verification Software: These tools scan and validate personal documents in real-time.
  • Secure Online Portals: Platforms where clients can safely upload their credentials for verification.

Verification: Not Just A Buyer’s Obligation

Contrary to common perception, identity checks aren’t solely a buyer’s responsibility. Sellers, too, are subjected to this scrutiny. For instance, in situations where a property has multiple owners, each owner must undergo this validation process. This mutual verification promotes transparency and ensures the legality of deals.

Consequences Of Inadequate Identity Verification

Overlooking or improperly conducting identity checks can lead to severe ramifications.


Unknowingly facilitating property fraud, getting embroiled in legal complications or facing reputation damage are just some of the challenges conveyancers and clients may confront.

Potential Consequences

  • Legal penalties or sanctions for not abiding by the mandated checks.
  • Financial losses for individuals duped by fraudsters.
  • Damage to the conveyancer’s reputation and credibility.

Let Rochford Solicitors Guide Your Journey

Navigating the challenges or seizing opportunities becomes smoother when you have a trusted partner by your side. At Rochford Solicitors, our dedicated team is here to help. If you seek guidance or assistance in any aspect of the property transaction, please get in touch. We’re committed to offering you impeccable service, ensuring a seamless experience.

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