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How do we change the name of our house?

John Conlin / 27 November 2018

A reader is not keen on the name of her new house, and would like to change it. Chartered surveyor John Conlin explains how.

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A reader wants to know how to change the name of her house


We have just downsized. The house is lovely, the surroundings are lovely but the house name is awful. Can we just rename it or is there some official procedure?


If your house has a number you can add or change the name without any formality, providing you still use the number when quoting the address. However, for unnumbered properties District Councils, Boroughs and City Councils in England have responsibility for street and property naming to avoid confusing duplication, offensive language and to ensure that the new name is linked to the Post Code data base.

The charges vary from one local authority to another, and you might not get a refund if it is rejected. Contact your local authority to check their fees and whether they have an application form.

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