Domain “expired” for two years but not available?
Need an expert in ICANN rules and domain names.
I am looking at acquiring a domain that has been expired for two years according to the WhoIs. It is still pending deletion. The hosting service is currently the “registrant” of the name, but the registry reads:
This domain has expired and will soon be deleted at the registry.
If this is your domain, and you would like to retain control, please
call customer support to have your domain restored.”
I understand there is usually a grace period of about 30 days. However, this has been expired for a really, really long time!
First question: Is it legal for a hosting service to put this URL on hold for that long without releasing it back to the wild?
Second: Would it be worth my while to contact the hosting service to see if I can purchase it directly through them? Or would that just alert them that someone is interested in it and cause them to hold it longer?
If your domain name is expired, you can register the same within the next “few” days (Redemption period varies. See this: http://www.manage.bbchost.com/kb/servlet/KBServlet/faq460.html ). If you don?t renew it, it will be available to all. That means, anyone can register the same domain name.
1) It is legal for the hosting provider to hold on after the deletion period. They may be looking for a better price. Even though it is legally allowed, that is not right.
2) You can contact them. The min offer amount would be something around $99. However, if the domain name is valuable to you, don’t care about the price. Try to get the domain name to your name before they increase the price.
I hope you got the answer..
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