Finding Owners of Vacant Properties

We trace owners of unused lands and property worldwide


We been involved in the research of vacant property and unused land for many years.

There are many circumstances why a property may become vacant for a long period of time, and we have encountered many such scenarios in our years of researching empty homes.

We work with members of the public, housing officials, local authorities, housing associations and and government officials to try to source vacant properties so that they can be brought back into use for either private or social housing.

Tracing Services for                    Local Authorities

We provide a number of tracing services to local authorities and approved housing bodies 

Bereavement Services

If a city or county council experiences the unfortunate circumstance where a person dies and their next of kin are unknown, we offer our  tracing services free of charge to that referring authority.

Our aim is to assist that city or county council in finding family relatives as quickly as possible. We often trace next of  kin within 24 hours which then enables that person to notify other known family members of the Deceased’s passing.

Availing of this service often means that the Deceased’s extended family relatives can attend the funeral and give that person a dignified final farewell.

Local Authority Services 

  • Tracing owners of vacant property We are highly experienced in researching ownership of vacant properties. When a property is vacant for a long time, ownership can be difficult to establish. The property may not yet be registered with the Property Registration Authority, which means searched would need to [...]

  • Government initiative to encourage reuse of vacant properties If you are a vacant home owner or a property investor, you may be interested in the Repair and Leasing initiative. The Repair and Leasing Scheme was devised to bring vacant properties in need of repair, back into use for [...]

  • We can introduce owners seeking to sell their property The aim of the Buy & Renew Scheme is to support Local Authorities and Approved Housing Bodies to purchase and renew housing units in need of remediation, and make them available for social housing use. It also supports strategies [...]

  • Tracing family relatives in time for funerals When a person passes away with no known next of kin, the responsibility of burying that person can lie with either the HSE or the local authority. In such cases, a person can be buried in an unmarked grave, and there [...]

  • We specialise in identifying and tracing owners of unused lands As a local authority or approved housing body, you may wish to establish who owns a plot of land that seems unused. The land may not be registered with the Property Registration Authority, so in the absence of [...]

  • We offer a free training seminar to housing staff Given our experience gained over the years in researching vacant properties and unused lands, we have a lot of knowledge on how to identify and trace owners. We have tailored a training programme that teaches housing staff the skills [...]


We work with coroners, hospitals, funeral directors and housing bodies should they ever encounter an unfortunate scenario whereby a deceased person’s next of kin are unknown and need to be identified and traced.

We often trace unknown next of kin within 24 hours.