Someone changed your registered office

It has come to your attention that someone has changed your registered office address. knowingly, this was done without your permission. You must take action to notify Companies House and rectify the situation immediately.

For example, you noticed the form AD01 was filed for your company without your authority. Another situation would be someone has submitted the form OS CH01 to Companies House to change the address of your UK establishment.

Use the Companies House Form RP02B

In this circumstance, you can apply to Companies House to have the form AD01 or the OS CH01 be removed. For this purpose, you complete and sign the form RP02B. The RP02B form is an application for rectification of a registered office or UK establishment address by the registrar of companies.

First and foremost, you only submit the form RP02B when the transaction to change your registered office address was forged or was done without your consent.

To report misuse of your address as your registered office address, you use the form RP07.

Deliver the form RP02B to

Thereafter, you send your completed and signed form RP02B to one of Companies House offices. Where to send your form RP02B is dependent on where is your company’s registered office address situated.

For companies registered in England and Wales, you send your form RP02B to the Companies House office at the address below:

Companies House
Crown Way
Cardiff
Wales CF14 3UZ
DX 33050 Cardiff

For companies with registered office in Scotland, you send your form RP02B to the Scottish Companies House office at the address below :

Companies House
Fourth floor
Edinburg Quay 2,
139 Fountainbridge
Edinburg
Scotland EH3 9FF
DX ED 235 Edinburg 1 or LP – 4 Edinburg 2 (Legal Post).

For companies with registered office in Northern Ireland, you send your form RP02B to the Companies House office at the address below:

Companies House
First Floor, Waterfront Plaza
8 Laganbank Road
Belfast, Northern Ireland BT1 3BS
DX 481 N.R. Belfast 1.

To prevent someone changed your registered office

For added security, you can join the PROOF scheme if you have not yet done so. The PROOF scheme stands for PROtected Online Filing. It was introduced to prevent companies from being hijacked.

Subsequently, after your company joined the PROOF scheme, certain paper forms filings including change of your registered office can only be filed online. For this, you would require your company’s authentication code. You must keep safe of your authentication code. You can also use the same authentication code to submit your confirmation statement.

Thereafter, Companies House will reject a paper AD01 form to change your registered office address. Companies House will return the form to your registered office address. However, if for any reason, you must file a paper AD01 form you must send in a consent form together with your AD01.

If you have any questions about removing an unauthorised filing for your company, contact Companies House.

Second Filing to correct errors on the Register

You can submit a Second Filing to correct errors on the register. For example, your director’s date of birth was incorrect on the form AP01 submitted. In this case, you submit a Second Filing to Companies House with the correct date of birth. You must complete the form RP04 and if your company has opted in the PROOF scheme then PR03 is required.

Second Filing for limited companies

For this purpose, you can submit a Second Filing for the following Companies House forms types.

Company formsPurpose
AP01Appointment of director
AP02Appointment of corporate director
AP03Appointment of secretary
AP04Appointment of corporate secretary
CH01Change of director’s details
CH02Change of corporate director’s details
CH03Change of secretary’s details
CH04Change of corporate secretary’s details
TM01Termination of appointment of director
TM02Termination of appointment of secretary
SH01Return of allotment of shares
AR01Annual Return
CS01Confirmation Statement
PSC01Give notice of individual person with significant control
PSC02Give notice of relevant legal entity with significant control
PSC03Give notice of other registrable person with significant control
PSC04Give notice of change of details for person with significant control
PSC05Give notice of change of details for relevant legal entity with significant control
PSC06Give notice of change of details of other registrable person with significant control
PSC07Give notice of ceasing to be a person with significant control
PSC08Give notice of PSC statements
PSC09Give notice of update to PSC statements

On the other hand, Second Filing for limited liability partnership (LLP) forms types, click here.

If you have any questions about Second Filing to correct errors on the register, contact companies house.

Reminder to submit your confirmation statement

Reminder to submit your confirmation statement is the help Companies House provide generously. Companies House sends out reminders to your registered office address when your confirmation statement is due.

Companies House want to remind you to submit your confirmation statement on time

It is a criminal offence for not sending in your confirmation statement. Additionally, you can be fined up to £5000 and risk your company being struck off the register.

Because of Companies House only send reminders to your registered office, it is vital that you keep your registered office up to date with Companies House.

For example, if you recently moved to a new office you must notify Companies House of your new registered office address. Use the form AD01 to notify Companies House.

Alternatively, you may sign up for an email reminder to submit your confirmation statement when it is due. To sign up for the email reminder, you need to login to your web filing service and opt-in for the email alert. You would require your authentication code to use the Companies House web filing service.

You must keep safe your authentication code because it is the electronic equivalent of your company director and secretary signatures.

Other than your confirmation statement, Companies House also sends reminders to your registered office when your company accounts are due.

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