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How would one discover a secret house that someone owned?

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helpmeseethewoods Thu 23-Feb-17 21:23:04

I know you can do a search on the Land Registry on a property, but can you do one on a person?

ChristinaParsons Thu 23-Feb-17 21:25:52


helpmeseethewoods Thu 23-Feb-17 21:35:33

Yes I don't know. How would I find out via a mortgage?

I suppose I would like to know how you would find out for sure if you thought someone was hiding a property.

WhirlwindHugs Thu 23-Feb-17 21:37:26

If you can afford it, hire a forensic accountant. They can help find evidence of hidden assets.

Hassled Thu 23-Feb-17 21:37:40

Blimey - I don't know, short of rifling through all of their paperwork. Do you think you can work out what house it is - I mean can you narrow down the area, and then maybe go from there?

wherearemymarbles Thu 23-Feb-17 21:39:32

Ie you think someone might own a property and want to find out if they do?

Ive done a quick google and basically experian or a 'tracing agent' are your friend and it appears land registry have a proprietary search by name.

So yes, do some digging. On the basis property ownership is puplic knowledge it should be a piece of piss and not too much money!

CatBean Thu 23-Feb-17 21:40:29

Properties can also be owned by companies in the UK, or offshore companies, then you have no way of knowing who really is the owner.

DanGleballs Thu 23-Feb-17 21:40:37

Yes you can. Solicitor access allows you to search names. It is useful for probate apparently. I've never tried it but it was mentioned in conversation lately.

helpmeseethewoods Thu 23-Feb-17 21:41:37

I have a hunch that the person in question may be about to buy one (though I could be wrong) and as I have already been through this with him (hidden property which I discovered - months later though), I am wary. And scared.

DanGleballs Thu 23-Feb-17 21:41:46

I wouldn't know if the general public would have similar access.

DanGleballs Thu 23-Feb-17 21:42:37

If you know the actual property it is easier.

helpmeseethewoods Thu 23-Feb-17 21:43:42

Thanks for messages that I missed. It's good to know that it's possible, as I then don't feel quite so crap. Still pretty crap though.

AnyFucker Thu 23-Feb-17 21:45:24

Have you posted before about a previous situation ?

helpmeseethewoods Thu 23-Feb-17 21:45:40

(If it comes to it I will use a solicitor. Not quite there yet, though I feel I should get a move on).

helpmeseethewoods Thu 23-Feb-17 21:49:01

Yes it is me again, but there are more developments. Or more of the same kind of deceipt. H would feel justified though, in keeping things a secret, because we are on the rocks. I don't think he should be selling and buying property without telling me however. He is definitely doing the selling part - or trying to. And I have a hunch about the buying, because I overheard something. I could be wrong though.

wherearemymarbles Thu 23-Feb-17 21:57:46

And yes, courts can order a property search by name if it comes to it.

In this day and age you can hide - its just a question of how much you have to spend.

And you can be found - it just depends on how much money the seeker has to spend!

AnyFucker Thu 23-Feb-17 22:05:48

Why haven't you hired a solicitor ?

tabithakitty Thu 23-Feb-17 22:08:13

In Scotland you can search using a title number or name or address. Sorry if that doesn't help you!

helpmeseethewoods Thu 23-Feb-17 22:29:22

I have been to see a solicitor. She suggested that I start with mediation which I will do, but I have one or two things I need to get in place before all hell breaks loose.

Of course he could put a property in a friend's name shock. How would I find it then - unless I follow a money trail. Hardly conducive to a less confrontational divorce.

So my stay between rock and hard place continues - with permanent knot in my stomach and permanent feeling of being kind of betrayed. With the added knowledge that H probably wouldn't call 999 for me if I needed him to. Might be wrong, but all my certainties are up in the air.

helpmeseethewoods Thu 23-Feb-17 22:30:43

And worst of all, I realise I spelled deceit wrong upthread.

paraMN Thu 23-Feb-17 22:32:57

Bloody hell, that's rough.

Just think one day you will be free of this arsehole.

AnyFucker Thu 23-Feb-17 22:33:47

You have to act

Procrastinating like this is just giving him more time to fuck you over

File for divorce. This has been going on too long. Waiting and waiting will be your downfall.

helpmeseethewoods Thu 23-Feb-17 22:39:39

I have also contributed to the situation I am in. A little bit. Mainly he is just really difficult and uncompromising.

The mediation is with a view to divorce. To see if there is a collaborative way of getting there.

Maybe he doesn't intend to leave me high and dry, but the fact that he might hide anything is really doing my head in.

Am trying to get all my sentimental items into storage before the shit hits the fan, but it turns out that I have a lot of sentimental items so it's a mammoth task.

AnyFucker Thu 23-Feb-17 22:41:17

How long have you been living under this cloud ?

What "sentimental items" are worth living in this hell for indefinitely ?

helpmeseethewoods Thu 23-Feb-17 22:45:30

Anything relating to the kids - drawings, school work, photos. Some objects given to me by various people - especially my parents. Things like the painting which used to be on my mother's bedroom wall when she was a teenager. She died 10 years ago.

Since all hell will break loose, I have to have nothing in the house that H could really upset me by taking. Sounds mad I know. He probably wouldn't take it, but he knows that that's my achilles heel.

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