Home address as a registered office
It is perfectly legal and acceptable to use your home address as a registered office for your limited company, as long as it is situated in the same country in which your company is incorporated, i.e. England and Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland. However, Companies House places all registered office details on public record. You will also be required to make your statutory company records available for inspection at your registered office, unless you use a SAIL address. For these reasons, most people prefer to use a non-residential address as a registered office.
The benefits of a non-residential registered office
A non-residential registered office will protect your privacy as well as boost the professional image of your business. Limited companies tend to be viewed as established, credible businesses simply because of their incorporated status. This also increases the appeal of a business to potential clients and investors.
To maintain this kind of elevated status, a non-residential registered office will also be far more effective than your home. Furthermore, you will drastically reduce the odds of receiving a barrage of unsolicited mail or unexpected visitors arriving at your home when you’re meandering about in your plaid pyjamas.
What are the alternatives?
There are many alternatives to using your home address as a registered office. The most popular being a professional registered office service from a company formation agent like Rapid Formations. These types of services are ideal because you will have a corporate registered office in a prime location, and the details of the address will be placed on public record.
It is primarily used for receiving official government mail and notices from Companies House and HMRC, and other UK governing agencies. This mail will be scanned and emailed to you, free of charge, as part of a registered office service.
Do I have to use my business address as my registered office?
It does not have to be the same as your business address. Nor does it have to be the same as your trading or service address. You are not required to work from or visit your registered office at any time – it is simply required for statutory mailing as well as inspection purposes.
Our registered office services in London and Glasgow
Rapid Formations’ prestigious Registered Office Service is available in London as well as Glasgow city centre at an annual cost of £39.00 plus VAT. This is ideal for any limited company or Limited Liability Partnership incorporated in England and Wales, or Scotland. We will also scan and email all official government mail to you, free of charge.