Change a company director's or shareholder's service address: as a director or shareholder within a limited company organisation, you are required to have your name and address kept on file under your business' records held by Companies House. This register should be updated whenever a change of address is made. The address you choose does not need to be your home address, as many would prefer to keep this from public records for privacy or for security. However, it should be a place you have access to, so that you can be contacted if necessary. If you need to change your service address, you can contact Companies House direct and file a request. It may help to have a specialist here at Coddan company formation agent make the request for you, to ensure everything is completed successfully.
|Change of Director and/or Shareholder Service Address|
We are charging £25.00 for the director & shareholder service address change if you have the web-filing code, and want to use one of our addresses in London (£85.00) as your new service address. For additional £25.00 we provide full legal support for the director and shareholder address change of your company, preparing the draft minutes from members' meetings, the consent to short notice for the extraordinary general meeting, the minutes, and the proxy voting form.
A service address is used to correspond with directors or shareholders of a company about matters relating to the company, and each director or shareholder must provide Companies House with that information. Since it isn't necessary to be living in a particular country to form a company there, a service address could be anywhere. It is often a director or shareholder's residential or registered office address, but since the information is made public, the service address may be somewhere different for privacy reasons.
Changing a company's director and shareholder service address can be done any time after forming a company; however, Companies House need to be informed within 14 days, either by post, through the Companies House online WebFiling service, or through a company formation agent.
With a company to run, it is easy for a simple yet important task, such as informing Companies House about a change of service address, to slip your mind. Coddan will take the stress out of this for you, so you can devote more time to overseeing your business.
Directors and shareholders must provide their residential address when they're forming a company, and they must also give Companies House a service address, which will be publicly available for all to see on the companies register. Many directors and shareholders only have one address – their only home – and they can use it for both in the registration process, but that can mean a loss of privacy.
The provided residential address is only available in certain circumstances to the authorities, such as HM Revenue & Customs and the police, while the service address is entirely in the public domain. It's not surprising, therefore, that directors and shareholders often choose a separate service address so they can retain their anonymity.
Professional business services such as Coddan can also provide companies with a service address for their directors and shareholders, usually in a prestigious location and post sent there by the authorities can be forwarded on to the client as part of an overall package fee. They then meet the legal requirement in establishing a company while also protecting their privacy.
When a company is formed, every director of that company has to have what is known as a service address. This is a location where they can be contacted by Companies House with important legal notifications.
The service address need not be at the director's place of business or home. It can be any address, even a foreign address, but it is important to remember that Companies House need to be kept informed of any changes to directors' service addresses, as well as contact details for all the company's shareholders. Failure to do so can lead to unwanted legal complications and penalties.
The addresses of limited company directors are required by law to be made available during company formation. These details are made available to the public and form part of the company's official records.
For this reason, many shareholders and directors may choose to use a second address, rather than have personal details published. While this makes sense for privacy and security reasons, it is important to choose a legitimate alternative address where you could be reached if required.
There are many different agencies and authorities that may need to contact you regarding your company, and as a result the law states that addresses of directors and shareholders must be recorded. Coddan can offer advice regarding your choice of address.