Then prime minister David Cameron revealed plans to force foreign companies that owned UK property to reveal their ultimate identities.

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Cameron said he would force companies to join a new public register of beneficial ownership.

Foreign ownership is back in the spotlight now over UK property’s links to Putin’s Russian regime, with demand for more transparency around who owns what, and a Foreign Affairs Select Committee inquiry into ‘dirty money’ across borders.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan recently called for a register of foreign-owned properties.