We have a holiday home occasionally used by the family but otherwise let to others.
I have read of cases where such properties are illegally mortgaged or sold without the owners knowledge.
Are there any precautions one can take?
You are wise to be concerned. Property fraud is increasing.
Assuming that your holiday home is in England, the Land Registry offer a free protection service where any attempt to sell, mortgage or change ownership details will trigger a warning email to you.
Go to their website at landregistry.gov.uk to sign up.
Disregard any land registry site that does not include ‘Gov UK’ as it will be a commercial site charging for what you can do free on the genuine Land Registry site.
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