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Empty Property Services

Blanchards Offer Comprehensive Property Services To The Public Sector.

Usually the most valuable asset of an estate is the property; this is why it is so important that the probate is handled correctly. At Blanchard’s Inheritance, we have the experience and knowledge to provide empty property services. We can take on the burden of dealing with an empty property in the UK. We will provide an accurate valuation and handle putting the empty property on the market or to auction and the sale thereafter.
Blanchards  also deal with the property management up until the completion of sale; this includes arranging insurance, maximising security and making sure the property is fit for viewings. We offer this service at no cost to members of the public sector.

How We Support Empty Property Officers

Blanchards are comitted to bringing empty homes back to use across the UK. We have traced owners and heirs to empty properties aross the country on countless occasions for many years. Through finding probate property owners next of kin, we are able to get a formerly empty property back on the market, bringing it back to life. This includes class F exemption properties. If left unoccupied, empty properties can lead to an array of problems, such as vandalism, squatting, pests and damage to the property and surrounding area. Our next of kin location service is free of charge to the public sector along with our many other services.

Blanchards Funeral Fund

Blanchards can also assist the public sector in cases of intestacy. When someone passes away with no or very little estate, the council is left to bear the cost the funeral, with no hope of reimbursement. However, there is a solution! Blanchards can identify and locate any living heirs or next of kin, inviting them to contribute to the cost of the s.46 funeral. In cases where there is no next of kin, councils can apply to Blanchards for a grant to contribute towards the funeral or meet the total amount. Each case will be assessed and considered based on its own merits. Regardless of the size of the estate, or any known next of kin, we will look into any and all cases.

How else we help the Public Sector

Probate valuation

Secure And Manage Properties

House Clearance

Empty Property Insurance

  • Confirming if empty properties are occupied.
  • Tracing empty property owners to their new address.
  • Move along empty properties through the probate process.
  • Identifying and locating executors of next-of-kin deceased owners.
  • Provide free training to empty homes officers.
  • Helping owners, executors or next-of-kin understand their obligations regarding empty properties.

Why Blanchards?


Blanchards offer an extensive selection of services to the public sector. From heir hunting to asset searches, we work on hand with councils, hospitals, coroners and everything in between, to provide an expert and stress free service. Our services are free to the public sector, thus acheiving an outcome which is beneficial to all parties.

Is there a cost to the council? – No absolutely not, Blanchards will search for next of kin for free.

What if there is no next of kin? – Blanchards will complete a report which will allow the referring council to refer the case to the Bona Vacantia Division with peace of mind.

How quickly can we expect results? – Blanchards will aim to have definitive answers on the next of kin within 2 working days.

Why should I use Blanchards? – Blanchads have a fantastic reputation within our industry. Blanchards are members of The International Association of Professional Probate Researchers, Genealogists & Heir Hunters. You can be secure in the knowledge you are in good hands.

Do you work with other members of the public sector? – Yes! We work with in excess of 50 different councils all around the UK who have utilised our services from everything from securing empty property to tracing next of kin all over the world!

Contact us

01843 808082