When is it possible to get non-renewed domain?

Started by zaibakhan586, Nov 28, 2022, 09:10 AM

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Suppose an individual has failed to pay for their domain name at Namecheap and it needs to be renewed, resulting in the website being inaccessible.

How long does it typically take for the domain name to become available again?

Furthermore, if it is managed by SE authority, will the registrar automatically put it up for sale or not?


Once the payment period for a domain name has expired, an additional 30 days are typically granted before any action is taken.

However, the process of reclaiming the domain name is not straightforward. For instance, if the domain name is unused or "zero," it may go up for registration immediately.

In this case, squatters - individuals who register domain names purely for investment purposes - will begin searching for it, particularly if it appears attractive. In the event that the domain name is put up for auction, these squatters will engage in a bidding war to obtain the domain, driving up the price. As such, it is generally recommended to purchase a domain name that you require as soon as possible to avoid such complications.


As much as 50% of all domain names in the world are parked or being used for other purposes, which could be an indication of their seizure.

However, it should be noted that many resources were registered well before companies with similar names were created. Therefore, it goes against the principles of private property rights to require that a domain name be given up solely based on similarity.

It's worth mentioning that a domain name is not considered intellectual property. In one case, Microsoft didn't sue but instead purchased the domain corp.com from the owner who had held it for 26 years. The reason behind the purchase was due to the fact that "corp" was an internal domain used in early versions of Windows ActiveDirectory.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) collects visual data regarding these issues. Since 1999, over 48,000 lawsuits associated with the confiscation of domain names from intruders have been processed by WIPO. This figure is constantly increasing. For example, in October 2021 the organization processed 335 claims, while in October 2022, there were already 415 cases.


The process of a domain name becoming available after it expires can vary depending on the registrar and the specific circumstances. However, in general, when a domain name expires, there is typically a grace period during which the owner can still renew it without any additional fees or penalties. This grace period can range from a few days to several weeks, depending on the registrar's policies.

If the owner fails to renew the domain name during the grace period, it usually enters a redemption period. During this phase, the domain name is still held by the registrar but is no longer active. The length of the redemption period also varies but is usually around 30 days.

After the redemption period, if the domain name is still not renewed, it may go into a pending delete status. This is the final phase before the domain name becomes available for registration by others. The exact duration of the pending delete status can vary, but it is typically around five days.

Regarding your question about the registrar automatically putting the domain name up for sale, it depends on the specific policies of the registrar and the TLD (top-level domain) registry. Some registrars may offer expired domain names for auction or sale directly, while others may release them for general registration where anyone can try to register the domain name.

It's important to note that the rules and timelines mentioned above are general guidelines, and it's always best to check with the specific registrar or registry for accurate information regarding a particular domain name.