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Started by PoppySeedBagel on Sep 23, 2021 2:16:04 PM
Tracking someone down

I opened the door today to a tiny 90 year old lady, who’d come from London to track down the previous owner of our house. She didn't leave a forwarding address, and I can’t find her on LinkedIn or 192.com. Does anyone have any ideas of what I can do?

The old lady seemed fit and healthy but she said ‘I don’t have long’, so I feel a sense of responsibility.

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Agaliarept - 23 Sep 2021 14:24:47 (#1 of 35)

Worst. Stalker. Ever.

Agaliarept - 23 Sep 2021 14:25:05 (#2 of 35)

just joking PSB :)

Catspyjamas17 - 23 Sep 2021 14:26:08 (#3 of 35)

Does general Googling with name, surname, area shed any light?

machiavelli - 23 Sep 2021 14:27:15 (#4 of 35)

192 might have residual details.

Catspyjamas17 - 23 Sep 2021 14:27:44 (#5 of 35)

Another thing is that the estate agent or letting agent might have the details. They almost certainly wouldn't pass the details on to anyone, but may agree to forward a note on from the friend/relative to the previous tenant/owner.

Catspyjamas17 - 23 Sep 2021 14:28:48 (#6 of 35)

Or if you bought the house, do you still have the details of the seller's solicitors? Again, they might pass a message on without giving out the seller's details.

DesEsseintes - 23 Sep 2021 14:33:02 (#7 of 35)

Call Ghostbusters.

bossab2 - 23 Sep 2021 14:37:25 (#8 of 35)

If the electoral roll searches dont find them, I'd say it was a bit of a lost cause.

Tadagee - 23 Sep 2021 14:38:48 (#9 of 35)

Apart from the two rather helpful suggestions above.

Tadagee - 23 Sep 2021 14:41:40 (#10 of 35)

Do you have their name? Assume you do but if not and HM Land Registry should provide that.

NightInTGeorgia - 23 Sep 2021 14:45:52 (#11 of 35)

I tracked someone down who had quite a common name by finding the most unusual name in his college year then looking that guy up on Facebook then seeing if my friend appeared in his contacts.

Atticus - 23 Sep 2021 15:01:54 (#12 of 35)

The new Terminators are getting very crafty.

tasselhoff - 23 Sep 2021 15:03:38 (#13 of 35)

Quite. Compare and contrast https://i.redd.it/6zim3cgu6hd11.png

darkhorse - 23 Sep 2021 15:16:18 (#14 of 35)

She's probably got the wrong house anyway.

StakludKar - 24 Sep 2021 00:41:41 (#15 of 35)

This sounds the opening of a novel! Poor lady.

Did she say why she was looking for them?

NoobRomeo - 23 Sep 2021 23:47:49 (#16 of 35)

She's probably one of them vigil aunties and has just scammed half the neighbourhood.

PoppySeedBagel - 24 Sep 2021 05:41:19 (#17 of 35)

Little old lady (literally) (LOLL) said she had been good friends with the former owner (FO), and just wanted to get in touch with her as she (LOLL) was getting old.

MrPSB wants to leave it as he didn’t like FO, because she took stuff with her, like all the bathroom fittings that were fixed to the wall. That made our life a pain when we moved in, as we had to track down things that fitted the holes to avoid redecorating. We would have paid her extra if she’d said, as she should have done.

But LOLL was very lively and charming, so I want to see what I can do.

Of course, it is possible that FO doesn’t want to be found by LOLL, and/or it may be that LOLL is a cleverly-disguised mafia hitman. Which would be come-back for the amount of time we spent tracking down suitable soap dishes, toilet roll holders and the like.

HouseOfLametta - 24 Sep 2021 07:03:42 (#18 of 35)

LOLL (lol) could use an enquiry agent who could probably find someone for a couple of hundred quid.

They are all ex coppers and get their mates to look on the PNC for a pint have their own special ways.

darkhorse - 24 Sep 2021 07:07:00 (#19 of 35)

When I was a in a shared student home, one rainy day there was a knock at the door, and a little old lady was there. She launched into telling me that she had called for two doors down (we didn’t know them), asked after “Christine” who supposedly lived in our house (didn’t) then took some steps to walk in. As she was little old lady and it was raining, I stepped aside.

Sat her down at the kitchen table, offered her a cup of tea. A flatmate joined us. LOL gave a monologue about the people next door, and “Christine” also featured occasionally. I occasionally weakly apologised that I didn’t know these people.

Finishing her tea, she elected to try the neighbours again. I went out to check she was doing ok. I saw the neighbours were in this time. The door opened, there were some murmurings and she went in. I can’t help wonder if the whole scene was then repeated in a baffled neighbour’s house.

That is my random visit from a little old lady (literally) story.

carterbrandon - 24 Sep 2021 08:15:00 (#20 of 35)

I just love the idea of expecting 90 year olds to be on LinkedIn.

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