From what I gather the registration status "No longer required" means that current registrant wil not be billed again in future for the domain, but that the domain will go through the same process (expire, be suspended, pending delete, then available). But I am wondering if this status is because of a very deliberate action from the registrant or if it could be the action of the registrar. To clarify I've seen a nice generic that will expire in a few days and that has the status "No longer required". I am not so sure that the registrant would have done this on purpose. If it is a deliberate move by the owner/registrant I'd contact them and offer them a grand?!. My other thought is that they may have forgotten to pay their fees for registration or other services and the registrar may have moved the status to this (the current registrant may not be aware of the status). Does anyone have any experience of this. Maybe the status and/or contacting an owner and offering them ££ to transfer before expiry?