Home address on companies house.

I made a mistake at incorporation and listed my home address.

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I made a mistake at incorporation and listed my home address at incorporation and now it appears as the registered business address.  How can I change this from public view? I have changed the service address, however the records of registration remain on public view and companies house still shows my home address. This is driving me nuts. Apart from the obvious, I have a legitimate reason to hide this information.  I admit it was a mistake and I do have an accountant, I just didnt realise what this meant at the time and feel like the only option is to move house!

Any advice welcome.

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By FactChecker
10th Feb 2024 21:55

If it feels "like the only option is to move house!" then no-one is stopping you (but that must be some serious "legitimate reason to hide this information").
And anyway, that won't hide the address shown at CH - which you'd still need to do in order to comply with the new rules coming in next month.

Of course you could do what I did and simply google it:
https://companieshouse.blog.gov.uk/2021/10/05/how-to-choose-or-change-yo...
... something that would have been better done *before* you started filling in forms without properly reading/understanding them.

Did you take any advice before setting off on this journey (there are far worse traps for the unwary awaiting you if you didn't)?

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By BookendWowser
10th Feb 2024 22:44

Thanks Factchecker.

So, just to be clear your advice is to get in my time machine and ask my accountant to fill in the forms again? I've actually come on here for a 'creative work around' something I'm guessing all the other people who made the same mistake would like to hear.

It's ok if you don't know, you can just not comment.

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By David Ex
10th Feb 2024 22:49

BookendWowser wrote:

It's ok if you don't know, you can just not comment.

For what it's worth, it really brasses off the people who actually participate in, and contribute to, this forum to be told by some newly joined freeloader what they can and can't do here.

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By BookendWowser
10th Feb 2024 22:58

Yeah, leave it out. People just want advice from a forum, about what's happening in the present, not what they should have done. It's pretty obvious that some people just take the opportunity to elevate themselves rather than answer a question.

If you don't know, it's ok.

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By FactChecker
10th Feb 2024 23:02

And we have a winner ... but does it know what competition it entered?
Should've read the rules first.

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By FactChecker
10th Feb 2024 22:53

You must lead a charmed (if not charming) life ... didn't read the form before filling it in, and now haven't read my comment which gave you your answer.
Gratitude a dying art in your neck of woods presumably?

BTW there will be few "other people who made the same mistake" (but as a shoe-in for the Darwin Award you'll already have known that) - and they won't be regulars on this site!

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By BookendWowser
10th Feb 2024 23:03

Like I said, if you don't know, it's ok.

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By FactChecker
10th Feb 2024 23:07

But are you?
You seem to be stuck in a loop - instead of simply changing the address (which is what you said you wanted to do in preference to moving house)!

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By BookendWowser
10th Feb 2024 23:18

You seem to not be able to read. I already stated I have changed the address. Maybe read it again. Or.... leave it for someone who knows.

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By FactChecker
10th Feb 2024 23:53

I'm sure you'll be pleased to know that this is my last post to this now pointless thread ... but, No, that is NOT what you stated.

You said "I have changed the service address, however the records of registration remain on public view and companies house still shows my home address."

But if you're now happy with the situation, then that's great.

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By BookendWowser
11th Feb 2024 00:06

I am pleased to know, thank you.

Hopefully someone who may have experience of changing a registered company address, through dispute or otherwise, may be able to comment.

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By DKB-Sheffield
11th Feb 2024 00:03

Notwithstanding what has already been said (with which I agree), and assuming you have - as you have stated - changed the registered address (AD01)... are you asking how to remove the historical registered address from the public record and all previously submitted documents (e.g. IN01 or equivalent)?

In addition, you first stated that you made the mistake, but changed it to your accountant who filled in the forms. So, who made the error? That is important, as it will guide you to consider who may be liable, and the potential options that may be available to you.

There may be options... RP02a may apply BUT may not - depending on circumstances (timing between incorporation and now may also be a consideration). Failing that, you could be looking at a court order. Alternatively, you may be unable to amend it other than - as you state - through the use if a time machine.

There are no 'creative work around'[s] with Companies House, and correcting errors is not an automated action. It's either the way that is set out/ allowed for/ provided for in the law... or not at all. If you are... as you state, looking for 'creative work around'[s]... you are not likely to find *that* answer... as it is unlikely to exist.

Now, all of that aside... someone has made an error - we don't know who. FactChecker, DavidEx haven't made that error! Your retorts were rude. If you need advice from a forum (and receive some advice)... snappy response will not garner much support. Both AFAIK have decades of knowledge & experience that they are willing to share. To then try and belittle that knowledge by stating that if they 'don't know', they shouldn't comment' is pretty insulting, and somewhat patronising.

Ultimately... Both of the contributors who responded provide a great deal of guidance and support around these parts... FOR FREE! I assume your accountant does not provide advice for free... nor would they do so by urgent appointment on a Saturday night. So please... be it this forum, or any other... don't demand answers... and certainly don't bite off the hand that is feeding you scraps!

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By BookendWowser
11th Feb 2024 00:23

Thank you very much for your insight. I very much appreciate your interpretation of the facts and will sincerely move forward with this knowlege. Ultimately it's my error as I did not understand the implications of registering a home address and that it would be an eternal public record. Even though I have an accountant and he asked me, I was not given an explanation of what this may mean long term and the inability to change this status in future - my bad.

With this in mind the response from FactChecker was inflammatory and unhelpful. I would point out that sarcasm and jokes were pointed in my direction that have seemingly gone unnoticed. I simply stated if you didnt know then don't comment. My experience reading advice on some forums been discouraging of asking a question because those that answer often take the opportunity to tell you how stupid you are, often because they want to make themselves feel better. Simple trolling psych. I'm sorry but I'm sick of it. This is a forum so of course the advice is free and if you have something better to do on Saturday night, then do that. I don't 'demand' answers because I have no leverage, I just ask a question and mirror the attitude that I get. FactChecker would do well to actually stick to the facts. It seems you had no problem understanding what I was asking, yet previous advice was just an opportunity to tell me what I should have done. I'm not here for that. I admitted I made a mistake.

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By Leywood
11th Feb 2024 00:46

The issue is, this is a forum for Accountants to exchange information.

Not for members of the public.

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By lionofludesch
11th Feb 2024 08:11

[chuckle]

Another satisfied customer.

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By Wanderer
11th Feb 2024 08:40

BookendWowser wrote:

I made a mistake at incorporation and listed my home address at incorporation and now it appears as the registered business address.  How can I change this from public view.


https://www.gov.uk/guidance/removing-your-home-address-from-the-companie...
CompaniesHouse wrote:

You cannot ask to remove your company’s registered office address, even if it’s your home address.

There, for ever, unfortunately.
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By JazzJat
11th Feb 2024 09:59

I made this mistake a few years ago. Even after I corrected it, the old address still appears to this date.

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
11th Feb 2024 10:22

"And anyway, that won't hide the address shown at CH - which you'd still need to do in order to comply with the new rules coming in next month."

New rules to prevent directors from masking their addresses with service office addresses? Do you have a link, FC?

BellendWowser, moving house sounds a bit drastic... can't you just kill the company and start over with a fresh £12 off-the-shelf application?

Incidentally, finding someone's home address through 192.com costs just a few quid.

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By FactChecker
11th Feb 2024 11:18

Not my best phraseology ... it was meant to draw attention to the imminent changes with which a new Registered Address will need to comply - but these don't per se preclude use of service office addresses, just make the necessary underlying checks on whether or not it is acceptable more cumbersome.
[In essence, the word 'service' is being emphasised - if someone isn't being paid to open/read the mail and arrange for an action/response, then it's no go.]

Richard H provided an overview a fortnight ago ... https://www.accountingweb.co.uk/business/financial-reporting/changes-to-...

Note: "companies will not be able to use a PO Box address as their registered address; but they will still be able to use a third-party agent’s address, although with the proviso that it must still meet the (new) registered office conditions".
And there are other new mandations - for instance relating to an email address.

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By ollieacca
11th Feb 2024 16:14

Simple-fill in an sr01 with companies house and pay £32 they will redact the address from the IN01

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By Wanderer
11th Feb 2024 16:31

No, not so simple. Previous ROs will always show in the company's filing history. And anyway:-
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-to-remove-your-home-add...
"You cannot remove a registered office address from the public register – even if it was your home address."

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By Postingcomments
11th Feb 2024 16:39

Just to say that I have had my home address on my company for over 10 years now, and no one has turned up at my door. I get some letters offering me finance and that's about it.

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By ollieacca
11th Feb 2024 16:58

Ah you could be right, I hadn’t fully read. We removed directors service addresses using this route
What is simple is calling companies house. They are very helpful!

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By JB101
12th Feb 2024 10:08

"What is simple is calling companies house. They are very helpful!"

UTTER TRIPE!!!!!!

I've tried to speak to someone about "correcting" a director's name (the director got his name wrong on incorporation!).
Co House took 3 months to reply to a rectifcation form refusing by advising me on how to file forms showing a change of name. I phone them and after a long wait and being passed around an advisor listened and agreed rectifcation was the only correct route and then proceeded to lecture me on getting "my name right when I fill forms in". When I pointed out it was a director who did it themselves, told me I was being pedantic and hung up on me! After a few further phone calls I was told to email - I did and after 2 more months was given a reply showing me how to change a name not how to correct it so back to square 1!

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By lionofludesch
12th Feb 2024 10:24

JB101 wrote:

"What is simple is calling companies house. They are very helpful!"

UTTER TRIPE!!!!!!

I've tried to speak to someone about "correcting" a director's name (the director got his name wrong on incorporation!).
Co House took 3 months to reply to a rectifcation form refusing by advising me on how to file forms showing a change of name. I phone them and after a long wait and being passed around an advisor listened and agreed rectifcation was the only correct route and then proceeded to lecture me on getting "my name right when I fill forms in". When I pointed out it was a director who did it themselves, told me I was being pedantic and hung up on me! After a few further phone calls I was told to email - I did and after 2 more months was given a reply showing me how to change a name not how to correct it so back to square 1!

Just get him to resign and reappoint him the following day with his correct name.

Don't engage with these folk.

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By JB101
12th Feb 2024 10:55

Tried that on another company (same director) but Barclays would let his company open up a bank account with ID for the "wrong name ex director"!

Edit for extra info - Plus he's the sole director of this company.

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By lionofludesch
12th Feb 2024 11:02

JB101 wrote:

Tried that on another company (same director) but Barclays would let his company open up a bank account with ID for the "wrong name ex director"!

Edit for extra info - Plus he's the sole director of this company.

Fair enough.

Didn't understand the bit about the bank but a new company might be a solution.

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