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    I have just agreed to purchase a property 300 miles away from where I live. The seller's agent has asked me to provide proof of identity and present address. They want certified copies of my passport or driving licence and a bank statement. There was nothing like this when I last moved home. It seems that buying property is now a lot more complicated than it used to be. I am starting to feel nervous at the prospect of a lot of hassle. Are there any other (presumably) New Labour innovations to watch out for? Everything in life seems more difficult these days. I can cope with paperwork but dread the thought of having to make multiple return trips to my intended new location before the transfer of the property.

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    Re: Identity

    Instruct a solicitor local to you and then get him to supply the certified copies to the estate agent.

    All this ID stuff is about preventing fraud and money laundering, I'm afraid.
    RICHARD WEBSTERwww.rwco.co.uk
    As a conveyancing solicitor I want to be helpful (England/Wales only) but can't accept liability for this.

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      Re: Identity

      The property I have agreed to buy was offered for sale with a £1,000 cash back incentive. I have been told that the T&Cs of the cash back include conveyancing being carried out by a solicitor nominated by the estate agent. I would have preferred to choose my own solicitor but do not want to lose the £1,000 cash back.

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      • #4
        Re: Identity

        I would have thought that one of your local solicitors could still do it and charge you a nominal fee. You wouldn't be instructing them to act for you in the conveyancing, just confirming your identity.

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