Multiple Residence™ - Improve Your Address Database with Multiple Residence™

3-Feb-2012 SimplyPostcode™

Multiple Residence™ can improve your address database by identifying separate homes or businesses that share a single delivery point.

This is because a single address does not always indicate just one home or business. You often get properties which have been divided into flats for example to make separate homes so there is a need to ensure that each of these get the correct mail.  Multiple Residence™ provides a structured breakdown of addresses at multiple occupancy premises.

Other examples where Multiple Residence™ can help to improve the accuracy for delivering letters and parcels is not only converted houses, but students hall of residence, nurses’ accommodation and residential addresses within business premises.

When used alongside PAF® (Postcode Address File), Multiple Residence™ can also prevent fraud and check identities which can save businesses thousands of pounds.  For companies such as utility providers, telecommunication or financial services companies who need address verification for credit scoring, or for preventing identity theft or fraud this can be invaluable.

There are areas where Multiple Residence™ does not include, such as data for marinas, house boats, caravan sites, hostels, guest houses or hotels, care homes and shared houses or houses with lodgers.

So how does Royal Mail put together the Multiple Residence™ database, well they use their unique network of 65,000 postmen and postwomen to validate all delivery points and have a process for feeding through any changes to properties like houses sub-divided into flats.  Other trusted sources including local authorities and homeowners themselves also contact the Royal Mail to let them know about any changes.

If your business delivers high-value goods, credit cards or statements, Multiple Residence™ can help you decide if a secure mail delivery service is necessary. 

This postcode is also essential to businesses that need to know the number of households or businesses within a property – and how many separate customers there are to target