Protection of residential addresses

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James Barbour By James Barbour, Director of Policy Leadership

11 May 2018

Legal change makes it easier to protect residential addresses on the company register.

The Government has introduced the Companies (Disclosure of Address) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 to make it easier for company directors and others such as secretaries, Persons with Significant Control (PSC) and Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) members to protect their residential addresses on the company register, to help safeguard them from identity fraud and personal harm. The change came into force on 26 April 2018.

As concern grows about the public availability of residential addresses in a digital world, the Government believes there is a balance to be struck between ensuring that the information on the companies’ register is of real practical use in achieving corporate transparency and ensuring that the information does not become a tool for abuse.

The Government believes that concerns about having residential addresses available on the register are justified and has therefore amended the law to allow directors and other individuals to remove their residential address from being publicly available, other than where it has been used as a registered office address.

Applications to remove a home address incur a charge of £55 for each document that a person wants to be suppressed.  An alternative correspondence address must be provided if the person is still appointed to a live company, such as a current director. This will replace the person’s home address on the public register.  If a person is no longer appointed to a company, then they do not need to provide an alternative address. Instead, only the first half of their postcode will be available to the public.

Companies House has produced the following guidance:

Restricting the disclosure of your information (of Relevance to Directors, Advisers to companies and PSCs)

Restricting the disclosure of your information: Limited Liability Partnerships

Restricting the disclosure of your information: Scottish Limited Partnerships and Scottish Qualifying Partnerships

Restricting the disclosure of your information: Overseas Companies


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