What we do

‘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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Our announcements

  1. IT systems restored

    • News story
  2. New internet phishing alert

    • News story

See all our announcements

Our publications

  1. FOI Publications August 2016

    • FOI release
  2. FOI Publications June 2016

    • FOI release

See all our publications

Our management

Contact BVD

Government Legal Department

Bona Vacantia Division (BVD)
PO Box 70165

Government Legal Department (via DX)

Bona Vacantia Division (BVD)
DX 123240 Kingsway

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 at:

Bona Vacantia - FOI Officer

PO Box 70165


Please see link below to check whether an exemption may apply to the information you want to request

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