There aren’t many TLDs remaining where registration constitutes an indefinite license to use the domain. Slovenia’s .si introduced renewals in 2013, leaving .ro (Romania) and .jm (Jamaica) as the only TLDs offered by Toweb where the registry didn’t charge an annual maintenance fee.
In Romania, rumblings that renewals would soon be introduced began a couple years ago and a policy finally went into effect on March 1, 2018. Exceptional measures were taken to ensure that registrants weren’t taken by surprise:
— All registrations processed prior to March 1, 2018 were considered valid for five years. For example, a domain registered on March 1, 2017 won’t expire until March 1, 2022.
— Domains registered before March 1, 2013 were given three months grace. In this manner, such names were up for renewal on June 1, 2018, instead of immediately after the policy’s introduction.
The lifecycle for .ro considers a 90 day period between expiry and deletion, meaning that the first day deletions occured was August 30. On this date, any domains registered before March 1, 2013 that were not renewed became eligible to be registered on a first come, first served basis.
As one might expect, the initial rush to register valuable expired domains has passed. Still, there are opportunites to be had and Toweb personnel is available should you wish to secure .ro domains that have recently become available.