Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Claiming Free Properties - It's a Myth

I regret to have to tell you that the concept of the ownerless property does not exist in the UK. There are a number of spam emails going around at the moment and at least two websites that tell you otherwise. Sign up, pay a fee, and they promise to tell you the secret of how you can claim ownerless empty properties up and down the country. Nice idea but I’m afraid it’s a scam. Since 1066 the UK has operated a system called Bona Vacantia. Properties of people who die without a will and without any apparent heirs are transferred to the crown where they are disposed of usually through estate agents or auction houses.


  1. But that's not really the case is it? There is also the legal concept of 'adverse possession'. That's what the 'claim land for free' stuff is all about - basically squatting on the land/property for 12 years and then claim possessory title by adverse possession. It can technically work if the property is not registered, although its a flippin long wait for your 'free property'.

    Builders have done it for years, of course...

  2. Good point, and worth a look at adverse possession. See today's post