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It can be quite hard to totally disappear in a modern industrialised society like the UK, so if your tenant disappears owning you money then you should be able to find them with the help of a professional tracing agent. A tracing agent can make use of a wide variety of resources to find your tenant, including:
- The Land Registry
- Companies House
- The Electoral Register
- The DVLA
- The Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages
- British Telecom
- Mobile phone companies
The agent will generally need at least the tenant's full name and date of birth - information you definitely should have if you did your due diligence when taking the tenant on originally.
There are no guarantees of course, which is why you should choose a tracing agent with a 'no trace no fee' payment structure.