Finding who owns unregistered land or buildings

Firstlocate employs almost 400 staff and provides unique research and tracing services on a scale that few other organisations can match. Instruct us and we will identify the ownership and trace the owners of unregistered land or buildings.

Empty unused building?

"We'll find out who owns it and trace their current address"

Unregistered land titles

"Significant numbers of building & land titles remain unrecorded with HM Land Registry - this means no details they hold no details of ownership"

Quality assured

"Employing almost 400 staff, we have the resources to invest in comprehensive ongoing training, audit and compliance"

Unregistered land and property search

Firstlocate assist customers to find the owners of unregistered land, property and buildings in England and Wales. A search of the England or Wales Land Registry may have produced a negative result stating that the land or building has no registered title. This means HMLR hold no information on exactly what the property consists of or who owns it. Firstlocate will undertake a detailed search and identify the current owners and provide you with a current contact address. This will likely involve tracing the owners to a new address or even tracing the beneficiaries or legatees in the event that the former owner has died. We undertake research in Scotland too; however, all land is technically registered, there are many disused or derelict buildings and even land that has remained unused for many years. The original system of registration in Scotland can be complex and time consuming to research. Some owners may not even be aware that they still own such plots. We can research the records held in Scotland and trace the current owners and provide you with their contact address.
A search in England or Wales can take from 1 - 8 weeks dependant on the options specified on your order. Searches in Scotland are usually quicker to complete. In some cases, our search may take longer but you will be fully informed of progress. If we are successful, the fee is £150 - a small price to pay in the event that you might be able to purchase the property. If we are unsuccessful (i.e we do not identify ownership), the fee is £25 but you will be provided with a report detailing all of the steps that we have taken. A search will continue until either we successfully resolve or we cannot identify ownership or you cancel in writing. Cases cancelled will be subject to the reduced fee of £25 provided the cancellation is received in writing prior to our resolution of the case..
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Remember, if land or property is UNREGISTERED then there are 2 possible scenarios:
1/. The property is owned but the title has never been recorded or registered with HM Land Registry.
2/. The property is ownerless. In the vast majority of instances, the property/land is owned but the title not registered.
1st Locate unregistered land investigation service is an ideal way to identify ownership with a very high success rate of cases successfully resolved. The service is successfully used by Solicitors, Developers and private purchasers and is often the only way of identifying ownership for unregistered land or property. We believe this is a unique service and is undertaken by highly experienced Researchers using a variety of investigative techniques, research and where appropriate site visits

Who owns that unused land?

"We'll identify ownership and put you in touch with the owner."

Why land in England/Wales can be unregistered

"there are 2 possible scenarios: 1/. The property is owned but the title has never been recorded or registered with HM Land Registry.
2/. The property is ownerless. ."

Corporate client?

Large scale tracing services
Clients with large numbers of people to trace visit our , Corporate site for a volume tracing and other services including trace & collect, revenue management and call centre services.

  Bulk tracing

Debt tracing

Confidential tracing of a person for debt purposes. We will provide you with a verified current address which will enable you to conduct your own collections activity. This product comes with a no success, no fee guarantee. Order now

  Debt tracing

Tenant tracing

Finding a tenant who has left a tenancy early is not easy but this product will place you back in touch with a current verified address. No success, no fee. Used by landlords, letting agents, solicitors, companies and local government. Order now

  Tenant tracing


Tracing for purposes such as legal papers, old friends, colleagues and acquaintances. As with all of our trace products, confidentiality is assured and this product is also covered by our no success, no fee guarantee. Order now


2021 voters roll
2006 to 2020 voters roll
2005 voters roll
2004 voters roll
Company Directors
Marriage records
Birth records
Death records
Self serve people search

We've made one of our Tracing tools available online
400 million records to search Tracegenie, low cost access to unlimited searches of the edited electoral roll.

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Pricing - 24 hours access is just £3.50 - search as many times as you want - no need to buy credits

House prices

We also own and operate the free service HousepriceGB Give it a try. We publish most of the house sales in England, Wales and Scotland and it's totally free to use with no registration required.

Actius software

We are the developers of Actius billing & collections software a sophisticated solution to maintain, enhance and optimise customer billing and collection cycles.

Scottish title research

We also undertake detailed research on property (and people) history in Scotland. Explore the new features

1st Locate UK Ltd is the UK's leading provider of bulk tracing services

Confidentiality assured

Supplying some of the UK's largest organisations.

Members of the Credit Services Association

ISO 9001 & 27001 accreditations.

Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Data protection reg:Z6791585

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Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority for accounts formed under the Consumer Credit Act 1974 (amended 2006)

Registration in London 03702599.