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Tracing a Debtor – Expert tips and advice

Last modified: November 28, 2023

Tracing a Debtor in the UK

Unpaid Debts are a never-ending problem for Businesses and individuals who provide goods or services. One of the biggest headaches is when a debtor absconds without paying their debt causing additional stress to the unwitting creditor.

We all know that the cost of a non-paying customer can itself cause large problems such as your own ability to pay your bills too.

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So it is essential when you have a ‘gone away debtor’, you act to take steps to trace their whereabouts. Some people may think this can be an expensive and painful process but it need not be. For landlords. the problem of tracing tenants can be restricted by getting a guarantor at outset.

For Business to Business transactions, Limited companies will always have a registered office for communications but dealing with sole traders and LLP’s can provide a tricky problem.

Tracing sole traders

As part of your standard credit control, for sole traders, it is highly recommended to obtain a home address as part of the credit application process. We have seen many cases where the proprietor of the shop for instance may have the name, John Smith.

Well, John Smith is a very common name and if the shop closes for whatever reason, it presents a real problem to locate the home an address of ‘John Smith’ as they may be hundreds in any given town or city.

These basic acts of diligence will rarely be called upon but it always pays to be on guard against individuals who do not want to pay their debts. Whatever the problem, whether it is tracing tenants, absconded individuals, non paying CSA parents, sole traders etc we have the solution.

Modern tracing system

At Frontline Collections, we employ up to the minute tracing systems to locate almost anybody in the UK. Our innovative tracing systems and Intel databases are way ahead of the average tracing system used by Debt Collector Agency or tracing agencies.

We believe that by having the most advanced tracing software, it puts our clients to the front of the queue when it comes to payment. We also provide this as a stand-alone service to other Debt Collection Agencies, private investigators and tracing companies.

When it comes to tracing a debtor, it really does pay to use the best service out there and they do not much come better than the tracing service provided by Frontline Collections.

Speak to one of our advisers today, if we cannot trace somebody, there is no charge to you. Each trace is done on a No Find – No Fee basis.

We only charge for successful results that will either provide a new address or simply confirm their current address to be correct using electronic foot-printing technology.

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Tracing a debtor – Common questions

How can you trace somebody yourself in the UK?

When you are looking for somebody to trace, there are two main approaches you can take. You can use online public records and paid-for private tracing services.

Online Public Records – If the person has been listed on a public record such as electoral roll or Companies House then they should appear in an online search. This is a great way to check if a debtor is still at their last known address.

Private Tracing Services – These services will help you to trace a debtor electronically, using the latest electronic foot-printing technology.

This method of tracing has a much higher success rate than manual methods and can be used to quickly locate and serve documents on an elusive debtor. In addition, private tracing services are completely legal, meaning that you are not acting against the law by using them.

The best private tracing services should provide accurate and up-to-date information. This will help to ensure that you have all the information necessary to make an informed decision when it comes to pursuing a debt case.

Can somebody avoid being traced if they want?

Unfortunately, it is virtually impossible to avoid being traced once the tracing process has begun however if somebody is living ‘off-grid’ it will be highly unlikely.

Private tracing services are incredibly sophisticated and can access a wide range of publicly available records, such as electoral roll information and property details. Even financial details and other personal information can point to where they now reside.

What is the cost for tracing a debtor?

If you are using a Private Investigator or specialist tracing company, it can run into the hundreds of pounds or even thousands.

By garnishing modern technology and our internal intelligence however, Frontline Collections can offer this service for only £50 + VAT