• April 23, 2024
 Blanchard’s Blog: Who holds ownership of abandoned properties, and how can they be rejuvenated?

Who owns abandoned homes and decrepit buildings?

Blanchard’s Blog: Who holds ownership of abandoned properties, and how can they be rejuvenated?

Every day, across the nation, individuals encounter vacant or forsaken properties left idle, showing no signs of revival. From decrepit homes in overlooked neighbourhoods to deserted commercial buildings, these edifices bear the weight of neglect and disuse. Yet, hidden behind their boarded-up windows and unkempt lawns lies a pertinent question: Who holds ownership of these abandoned properties, and how can they be rejuvenated?

The Importance of Locating Abandoned Property Owners

Discovering the proprietors of these unoccupied properties serves various purposes. They might be causing harm to neighbouring properties due to neglect, or perhaps you aim to breathe new life into the property by purchasing it. Regardless of the motive, uncovering the owner often proves to be a formidable task for the general public.

Understanding the Challenge of Abandoned Properties

Abandoned properties often deteriorate due to myriad reasons. Frequently, owners pass away without leaving clear instructions regarding their assets. Economic downturns, shifts in urban development, and demographic changes can also contribute to property abandonment.

Locating the owner of an abandoned property entails navigating through a maze of legal documents, property records, and sometimes historical archives. Complicating matters, ownership may be obscured by factors like liens, unpaid taxes, or disputes among heirs.

Traditional Owner Identification Methods

Traditionally, identifying the owner of an abandoned property involved extensive research and legwork. Interested parties combed through public records, visited government offices, and interviewed neighbours or former occupants in hopes of unravelling ownership details.

While these methods may yield results, they are often time-consuming and may not always provide a definitive answer, especially for properties with complex ownership histories.

The Role of Probate Research Companies

Probate research companies specialize in tracing heirs and beneficiaries entitled to inherit assets, including real estate properties, from deceased individuals with incomplete or ambiguous estate plans. Given that many abandoned properties result from owner demise, tracing heirs becomes essential for property disposition. Blanchards employ various tools and techniques to locate potential heirs and establish their rightful claims to inheritance.

In the realm of abandoned properties, probate research companies play a pivotal role in untangling the web of ownership. By delving into probate records, genealogical databases, and other sources, these companies identify individuals or entities with legitimate claims to abandoned properties.

Moreover, probate research companies handle the administration and sale of abandoned properties. Thus, it benefits referrers to entrust us with property management to facilitate its return to the market.

Why Opt for a Probate Research Company?

Expertise and Experience: Probate research companies possess specialized knowledge and experience in navigating complex legal and genealogical landscapes, expediting the process of identifying property owners and resolving ownership disputes. Comprehensive Search Methods: Blanchards employ a diverse array of search methods, including archival research, document analysis, and DNA testing, to trace familial connections and establish rightful heirs. Legal Compliance: Operating within legal and ethical standards, probate research companies ensure investigative efforts adhere to applicable laws and regulations governing inheritance and property rights. Risk Mitigation: By outsourcing owner identification to reputable probate research companies, individuals and organizations mitigate the risk of investing time and resources in fruitless pursuits or encountering legal obstacles. Conclusion

Revitalizing abandoned properties demands diligence, patience, and a comprehensive understanding of legal nuances. While the task of locating the owner of an abandoned property may appear daunting, it is achievable with probate research companies.

By leveraging their expertise and resources, probate research companies provide a lifeline to those seeking to breathe new life into abandoned properties or resolve ownership disputes.



Blanchards are a firm of probate. We specialise in locating missing heirs and beneficiaries of Estates. As well as specialising in ‘people finding’ we also locate properties, funds and assets, both within the UK and internationally. We provide a fast and efficient service to our clients within the legal sector, it is paramount to us as a business that the experience when seeking out our services is always excellent. We aim to offer fast, efficient solutions to any issue our clients may have. Our strong relationships within the legal sector have come from our ability to do the work required to the highest standard for the best price. We have built strong foundations with legal professionals up and down the country. Our attention to detail will not be beaten, due to our more intimate approach our clients within the legal sector know that they will have a researcher assigned to their case that will be able to offer the solution they need. As well as our dealings within the legal sector, we also work closely with the public sector, assisting with tracing next of kin for people who have passed away intestate.

Key Services

Locate missing beneficiaries Locating missing beneficiaries is our forte. It is the very heartbeat of our business, if you need to find heirs within the UK or internationally, we can help.
Probate property services Blanchards have partnered with our sister company Probate Property Services to offer a comprehensive ‘one stop shop’ from property valuation to clearance and sale, we can help.
Family tree verification A commonly requested service by clients within the legal sector is our ability to draw up and confirm family bloodlines. We offer a comprehensive family tree verification service, with a full report on heirs and entitlement.
Missing beneficiary insurance     We offer the ability to extract indemnity insurance for any missing beneficiaries, including creating comprehensive reports for the insurers.
Asset search The ability to trace assets within the UK and internationally proves to be a valuable service for legal professionals, especially when faced with dealing with a will. Prior to extracting probate, a full estate account is required, which is where our asset search proves to be invaluable.
Missing will insurance We can obtain missing will insurance on behalf of the instructing client.
Will search We offer a comprehensive will search, partnering with the national will register ensures our will searches are thorough, no stone is unturned.
Bespoke services If you have a problem and need a solution that isn’t listed we offer a free consultation with our case managers that are able to advise and put together a package for you bespokely.

Key Contact Name: Luke Jones – Operations Manager Address: 34 The Oaks, Manston Business Park, Ramsgate, CT12 5FN Tel: 01843 808037 Email: luke@blanchardsinheritance.co.uk LinkedIn Account: Luke Jones