Kilkis wrote:I think you have to distinguish between what might be a criminal action and what is just breaking terms and conditions of a contract.
For example people get Sky contracts by using a UK address. I did it myself for a time but no longer do. As far as I know they are not committing any crime but they are breaking Sky's terms and conditions. That could result in the contract being terminated but not in a prosecution. On the other hand, supplying false information on a licence application is an offence and could lead to prosecution of the person supplying that information but I don't think forwarding an envelope is an offence.
I doubt if having your name included on a water account or a council tax account would be a criminal offence but I don't know for certain. My attitude would be that I spend some time in the UK at my son's house and some time in Greece. I would claim that I had my name included because I wanted to make a contribution to the upkeep of the house. Obviously how you then used the water/council tax bill with your name on it would be another matter. By the way, I don't have my name on water/council tax bills in the UK.
I do have bank accounts in the UK registered to my Greek address and others registered to my son's UK address. In the latter case, when questioned about tax residency, I simply said that I spend some time in Greece and some time in the UK. I have income streams in the UK and in Greece. The tax liability of each income stream is decided in accordance with the DTA between Greece and the UK. That statement is 100 % true. They record my status as tax resident in both Greece and the UK. I'm happy and they seem happy. I tend to use the UK account mostly to make purchases where the company will not send goods to Greece. If I try to use a credit/debit card registered to my Greek address but get delivery to my son's UK address the transaction often fails. As far as I am aware that is not breaking any law.
That's all well and good Warwick. Envisage the situation where you are stopped in the UK by the police - for whatever reason. 'Can I see your driving licence please sir?' ..... 'Is this your home address sir?' .............ouch. Whether you say yes or no, you have broken a law (or 6). Not worth it. Bob.