Mail from Companies House not for me

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Over the last 3 weeks I’ve had several letters from Companies House/HMRC come through for a new clothing company, in the name of one of the sons of my houses previous owners.  I bought the house in November 2014, 7 years ago from this persons parents.  I emailed Companies House and explained, they said they don’t have the power to change it etc.

The new company was registered last month, so him using my home address is a concern.  What can I do, as I’m worried he may use this address for loans or credit etc 

Ive returned several letters for the new company back to the sender, with ‘no longer at this address’ over the front.  But don’t understand why he’s using my home address.  Any advice please? 
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  • ThrugelmirThrugelmir Forumite
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    Keep returning the mail. Not known at this address. 
    Real insurance claim quote : -

    "Going to work at 7am this morning I drove out of my drive straight into a bus. The bus was 5 minutes early.".
  • longwalks1longwalks1 Forumite
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    Thanks Thrugelmir, have been doing that but it still comes.

    is there any reason a new company would use my address as their registered office?  Doesn’t make sense, I am thinking only for fraudulent reasons?
  • Grumpy_chapGrumpy_chap Forumite
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    is there any reason a new company would use my address as their registered office?  Doesn’t make sense, I am thinking only for fraudulent reasons?
    I can't think of any good reason for this, but it could be a genuine mistake.  For example, he used an Accountant to do the admin and the Accountant inadvertently entered the old address.  I agree, after 7 years, that seems remote but stranger things have happened I'm sure.

    Is the son in contact with the parents and aware they moved?  Is it possible the son used the address thinking it would be able to receive mail via his parents?  Maybe the son is abroad or something.

    So, these are long-shots, but there could be (absurd) reasons that don't mean the worst.

    I think you have to keep returning the mail as mentioned above - eventually Companies House will do something.  Are the letters addressed to the individual, or to the company, or a mix of both?

    Have you looked on the Companies House website and checked all the information for the company and individuals?  Check all the information tabs and all the documents available as there may be something with another address somewhere - either an Accountant or the individual's home address.  Failing that, once you have the details of the individual, try using one of the Director Search functions online to see if there are any other associated companies that give you a route of contact.

    Finally, although I could not actually come up with a robustly plausible good reason for using a 7-year old address, the fact there is some link between the individual and the address may well be a good thing.  If things were some kind of fraud by the individual, why would they use any address to which they can be linked?  Surely, in that case, it would make far more sense to use an entirely random address.
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    ThrugelmirThrugelmir Forumite
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    edited 8 September at 10:14PM
    Thanks Thrugelmir, have been doing that but it still comes.

    is there any reason a new company would use my address as their registered office?  Doesn’t make sense, I am thinking only for fraudulent reasons?
    Have you looked the company up on the Companies House website? 
    Real insurance claim quote : -

    "Going to work at 7am this morning I drove out of my drive straight into a bus. The bus was 5 minutes early.".
  • longwalks1longwalks1 Forumite
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    Hello again

    yes have looked the company up on CH website, and it lists the son who used to live here as new director, dated 21 Aug 2021.  It also gives a home address for him.

    replying to Grumpy Chap, yes the son will of known his parents moved, he lived here until the day they moved out.  The letters come through in the post as a mixture addressed to him himself, and also just to the new clothing company name.  Your comment on why would he use an old address linked to him for some kind of fraud makes sense, so I’m wondering if a random is using his old details for some ulterior motive.

    I think I’ll write to him at the address listed on Companies House website and ask him to reply to me at his old home address perhaps? 
  • lincroft1710lincroft1710 Forumite
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    Why not ask CH to ask the son why he is using a "false" address for his company?
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    Savvy_Sue said:
    I opened a few letters (and no, that is not illegal) and returned them to the sender with a letter pointing out that if they wanted Government Department to pay their bills, they needed to get the address right, which was ... and I included an invoice for £10 for my time in dealing with this matter. Astonishingly, one of those invoices was paid, and an apology sent! 

    I like!!!
  • longwalks1longwalks1 Forumite
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    Why not ask CH to ask the son why he is using a "false" address for his company?
    Hi Lincroft1710 - Ive had a few back and forth emails to CH and asked them to ask why he's using my home address, they arent interested and say the company directors need to complete 2 forms to update the address.  I actually stated in my last email to them that I was 'formally advising them that my home address was potentially fraudulently being used for a company I have no links with' but again, they had no interest in helping.
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    Update - I was worried about my address being used to get company credit, loans or other activities so I reported it on actionfraud.police website, as I'm trying to get at least someone to do something about it.  They logged it, gave it a crime reference number (which I've emailed CH with, no reply) but since got back to me and said (as i was expecting) no crime has been commited so it isnt a police matter

    I cant find anything at all online for this company, I've tried all social media sites, eBay, online searches etc - am a little confused as to what to do next?? 
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