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Clients not listening...

What are the consequences?

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I am sorry for posting this anonymously but this is for obvious reasons.

When I first met these clients they chose to set up the business themselves with Companies House to save some money and this is understandable.

I explained they were welcome to use my address for the registered office address but not for the Directors or the Shareholders. Unfortunately they didn't listen to me and they used my address for one Director and one shareholder (the same person). I only just realised this 3 years later. It never occured to me to check, I don't know why. 

I was able to change the Director's address but Companies House have confirmed the Shareholder's address can not be changed.

I was wondering what the consequences could be, if any? Am I upset for no good reason?

 

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By frankfx
11th Jun 2021 09:56

https://www.rapidformations.co.uk/blog/how-to-update-shareholder-informa...

Does the foregoing assist?

How does the article compare with Company House " advice'?

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By Cylhia66
11th Jun 2021 10:05

I found the same information when I searched online. Went to submit a Confirmation Statement but the option to change the shareholder's address was nowhere to be found. Which is why I emailed Companies House to request step by step instructions and their reply was "Unfortunately there is no form to change a shareholders address. We will only ever ask for this information on incorporation".

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By sarahg
11th Jun 2021 10:04

What a pain, presumably your don't do their ACS otherwise you would have noticed

Did the client give you permission to change their address on Companies House?

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By Cylhia66
11th Jun 2021 10:09

Yes, when I noticed this, I immediately emailed my clients to check they were happy for me to change the address in the Companies House register and confirm which address they wanted me to use instead.

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By thevaliant
11th Jun 2021 10:27

I'd be slightly peeved too, but outside of a court order to have the original document removed/redacted (the incorporation document!) then there is probably nothing you can do.

No one cares anyway. As long as the current address for the director (service address and residential address) are now correct, and as long as the shareholder, if a PSC, also has the details corrected no one will care.
No one should be relying on incorporation documents to 'find' a current officer especially when said incorporation documents could be years, decades or even centuries old!

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By Jdopus
11th Jun 2021 10:58

You're not responsible for someone else filing incorrect paperwork with Companies House, nor are you responsible for correcting someone else's mistake. If any post turns up just put "Not at this address" on the envelope and put it back in the post. Not your responsibility to do any more than that.

In truth though, you're probably upset over nothing. Nobody really cares about incorrect information at Companies House. If Companies House actually cared about enforcing the company register it might be something to worry about; but they don't. Even blatant frauds and errors are of zero interest to them. They're a box ticking committee and do not actually enforce these rules.

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By Paul Crowley
11th Jun 2021 11:28

+1

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By Cylhia66
11th Jun 2021 11:06

So much for using the anonymous setting. My replies are showing my id, lol.

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By frankfx
11th Jun 2021 11:15

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So much for using the anonymous setting. My replies are showing my id, lol.

Name duly noted.

Thank you for your own feedback to the respondents, that helps us all.

Allo Allo..... do clients ever listen?

"Now, listen very carefully I shall say this only once."

https://youtu.be/A4I9DMSvJxg

May provide some light relief.

Perhaps we could attach that clip with all client instructions.

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By Cylhia66
11th Jun 2021 11:32

I vote yes to that :-)

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By Paul Crowley
11th Jun 2021 11:30

Anon postings can on request be ammended
But client not identifiable

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
11th Jun 2021 13:32

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So much for using the anonymous setting. My replies are showing my id, lol.

Not to mention your age, too!

I should invoice them. Attach a letter reminding them of your conversation, that only the registered office address for the company was free; nothing else!

A personal invoice apiece for say £250 a time for "a year's use of address for company officer / shareholder" commencing 1st July 2021. Then sit back and watch them perform the fastest change of address you're ever likely to see :)

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By Cylhia66
11th Jun 2021 15:23

ah ah, I like your style :-)

I have been more clement and offered to make the amendment for £25. But then this way I'm more likely to actually receive the money :-)

What do you mean, "not to mention my age"?

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By Rgab1947
15th Jun 2021 10:38

I think he was referring to the 66.

Not route 66 perhaps?

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By Cylhia66
16th Jun 2021 07:56

It is route 66 indeed.

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By Hugo Fair
16th Jun 2021 10:13

Still a fine place to get your kicks.

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By Paul Crowley
11th Jun 2021 11:26

Quite normal for the public domain address to be linked to the registered office.
Companies House however should have the real address for companies house use only.
I always link to registered office but with Co house knowing the correct residential address for shareholders and directors

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By Duggimon
11th Jun 2021 14:14

You can get the shareholder addresses taken off the incorporation documents using this form: https://www.gov.uk/stop-companies-house-from-publishing-your-address

although the intention of this process is different to your issue. As other responders have said though, I doubt it matters much.

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By Cylhia66
11th Jun 2021 15:25

It's always good to know, thank you. I've taken everyone's advice on board and I won't bother.

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By Bobbo
16th Jun 2021 13:35

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I am sorry for posting this anonymously but this is for obvious reasons. 

Not obvious why to me...

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