1st October 2009 saw a number of major changes within the Companies Act.One such change was the introduction of a Service Address for Directors.
Effectively, for every directorship held, a Director must provide Companies House with details of their usual residential address, as well as details for their, recently introduced, ‘service address’.
If a Director doesn’t supply a ‘service address’ then the director’s residential address automatically defaults to become the address on public record. So in essence – don’t supply a ‘service address’ and your home address becomes publically accessible by absolutely anyone.
Remember – anyone can access the public records at Companies House – so if an alternative Service Address isn’t provided – the residential address is on show.
A Director can choose any address as their service address – it can be a home address or perhaps the registered office of the company – or an alternative address. However, it must be an address where documents can be delivered and an acknowledgement or receipt provided if required. It cannot be a PO Box or a DX number.
As mentioned earlier, this new legislation only came into effect on the 1st October – and so many company directors may not yet be aware of it – but it’s a reality that’s already in place. There are services available – and a few company registration agents are now offering services to their customers to assist them with the process of protecting their home address. Some services are costing hundreds of pounds – so our advice is to shop around to ensure you find a cost effective way to protect your address.
Of course, as one of the leading UK company registration agents, Companies Made Simple has created a very cost effective solution for both their clients and company directors generally – so for more information about Service Address and services available to help you Protect Your Home Address – simply visit http://www.companiesmadesimple.com/service-address.html .