Companies House to resume compulsory strike off process

In April 2020, we introduced temporary easement measures in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) and we’ve reviewed these measures each month. Following our latest review, the temporary measure to suspend compulsory strike off action will be lifted from 10 October 2020.

From this date, we’ll resume the process to remove a company from the register if there’s reasonable cause to believe it’s no longer carrying on business or in operation.

For example, if:

  • company documents are outstanding, and we’ve had no response to our letters
  • letters sent by Companies House are returned undelivered
  • the company has no directors

Companies that do not file their annual accounts or confirmation statement will normally receive 2 letters from Companies House. A notice is then published in the Gazette to tell the public that the registrar intends to strike off the company.

When compulsory strike off action resumes from 10 October – if there are no objections to dissolution and the 2 month period from the publication of the Gazette notice has expired, your company will be struck off shortly afterwards.

If your company is in default and you want it to remain on the register

You must file your outstanding documents or contact Companies House urgently. Otherwise, we’ll resume the process to remove your company from the register on 10 October 2020.

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