Ownerless property

Last updated: 7 June 2018


Ownerless property is split into three categories in Scotland:

  • bona vacantia (ownerless goods) - including the property of dissolved companies, missing owners or property to which no title can be traced
  • ultimus haeres (no heir) - an estate where a person has died without a will and with no known or traced relatives
  • treasure trove (historical items) - antiquities which are found in the ground by:
    • metal detecting
    • chance discovery
    • organised archaeological excavations

The Queen's and Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer is the relevant authority for these areas in Scotland.

Ownerless property