Bona Vacantia

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What Bona Vacantia does

‘Bona Vacantia’ means vacant goods and is the name given to ownerless property, which by law passes to the Crown.

The Treasury Solicitor acts for the Crown to administer the estates of people who die intestate (without a Will) and without known kin (entitled blood relatives) and collect the assets of dissolved companies and other various ownerless goods in England and Wales.

BVD is part of the Government Legal Department.

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  1. Unclaimed estates list

    • Statistical data set
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Our management

Caroline Harold
Caroline Harold
Head of Bona Vacantia Division
Jonathan Jones
Crown's Nominee

Contact BVD

Bona Vacantia - Estates

Government Legal Department (BVD)
PO Box 2119
Croydon
CR90 9QU
United Kingdom

Switchboard

020 7210 4700

Please use this email address for all enquiries relating to deceased person's estates.

Bona Vacantia - Administrative Restoration

Government Legal Department (BVD)
PO Box 2119
Croydon
CR90 9QU
United Kingdom

Switchboard

020 7210 4700

Please use this email address for all enquiries relating to the issuing of the Treasury Solicitor's consent to administrative restoration (waiver letter).

Bona Vacantia - Cash Balance

Government Legal Department (BVD)
PO Box 2119
Croydon
CR90 9QU
United Kingdom

Switchboard

020 7210 4700

Please use this email address for all enquiries relating to the cash assets of dissolved companies.

Bona Vacantia - Companies

Government Legal Department (BVD)
PO Box 2119
Croydon
CR90 9QU
United Kingdom

Switchboard

020 7210 4700

Please use this email address for all enquiries relating to the non cash assets of dissolved companies (eg, land, shares, intellectual property, chattels, etc).

Government Legal Department

Governnment Legal Department (BVD)
PO Box 2119
Croydon
CR90 9QU
United Kingdom

Switchboard

020 7210 4700

Please use this email address for all general enquiries about the work of the Bona Vacantia Division.

Government Legal Department (via DX)

Government Legal Department (BVD)
DX 325801 Croydon 51
United Kingdom

Make an FOI request

  1. Read about the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and how to make a request.
  2. Check our previous releases to see if we’ve already answered your question.
  3. Make a new request by contacting us using the details below.

Bona Vacantia - FOI Officer

Government Legal Department (BVD)
PO Box 2119
Croydon
CR90 9QU
United Kingdom

Switchboard

020 7210 4700

Please see link below to check whether an exemption may apply to the information you want to request
www.gov.uk/guidance/bona-vacantia-and-freedom-of-information-foi-requests

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