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Empty homes

Tracing an owner

If you're interested in buying an empty property you will need to contact the present owner to negotiate a sale. We cannot provide confidential details of property ownership or an owner’s circumstances. We do not arrange the sale of privately owned empty properties or accept any liability for negotiations between sellers and buyers.

There are steps you could take to trace the owner of an empty property:

  • you could write a letter addressed to 'The Owner' and put it through the letterbox
  • talk to neighbours as they may have information on owners or their relatives
  • the Land Registry has public information of registered owners and you can buy the details. Not all properties are registered and owners may list their registered address as the empty one
  • if an owner of a property has died relatives or executors may have applied to the Lancaster Probate Sub-Registry (01524 36625). This is public information but you may have to pay to access it