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[_] Hosting Question

Oliver Humpage oliver at
Mon Apr 15 15:06:37 BST 2019

In general a domain belongs to a Registrant. That’s literally the name on the domain registration, not who pays the bills or who owns the 123-reg account. Unfortunately because of GDPR we can’t see who that is any more in whois so hard to tell.

Anyway, if the registrant name matches the business (or owner’s) name then you’re good: just use

It *might* be possible to use that service if there’s a way of demonstrating there was a contract where the dev registered the domain on behalf of the company (I guess the “permission to do so” bit on that page) but it’s unlikely.

After that you get into domain dispute territory, which takes time and up to £200.

Best shout is just to call up Nominet and talk with them.


> On 15 Apr 2019, at 14:57, Jim Fanning <jim at> wrote:
> Hi All,
> Just been to get my Campervan serviced was worried that they'd gone out of business as their site is down
> Apparently, the guy they had supporting their page has gone AWOL and the domain is registered to him...I'm sure this happens all the time.
> Anyways, the mechanic says that they've paid their bill but the support guy hasn't paid 123 hosting. They are losing lots of business as people assume he's ceased trading.
> Assuming that the situation is as described; Surely Volks Engineering have a moral right to take on this domain? Is there some sort of escalation that they can take in order to claim the domain back (I think it's due to expire in a year)
> Not really my area of competence but I hate to see a small business suffer
> Cheers
> Jim
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