When you live in the United Kingdom and you purchase a home with a less than flattering name, probably the first thing you think of is how fast you can change the name. While not terribly difficult to do, changing the name of your new house does require some paperwork to be done the right way.
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Type a letter requesting to have the name of your house changed. The letter should state who you are, your address, the current name of your house, and the new name you want for your house.
Post your letter to the engineering department of your local council. Your request will undergo an approval process that can take 28 days or more. You will be notified by mail when the name change has been approved.
Make sure that your new home is recorded as a residential address, since most mail-order companies will not deliver mail to a business address. In addition, talk to your postman, and inform him of the name change of your home, what your address is and what the old name was.
Send an e-mail to email@example.com, which is the Royal Mail, to let the department know the details about your home's new name, the address for your home, what the old name was and whatever other details you were given by the engineering department. While the engineering department will let the Royal Mail know of the name change for your home, and have already given them this information, it is a good idea to send the email as well as a backup.
Register your home's name change with the following agencies: the electoral roll, your mortgage lender, your British Telecommunications office, your utility providers, the land registry and your local council tax department.
Write your local ambulance and fire services to let them know of the new name change. Put out clearly visible signs. Post the old and new names for a while until everyone is used to the new name and can associate it with the old one.
Tips and warnings
- There are many databases that will need to be changed to the new name. Write or call them one at a time. If you run into anyone who says the database cannot be changed ask for the supervisor or the complaints department.
- Don't change a name that is pre-1900s unless the name has some bad associations attached to it. There is something to be said for preserving history, and people tend to take dim view if you change the name of a home that is more than 100 years old.
- Be aware there will be fees attached to changing the name of your house.
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