Changed address? Don't worry, be happy

A person will have a 30-day grace period to notify the ministry of a new address.

Most Israelis who have changed places of residence have experienced the frustration of having to separately inform different state-run services of their new address by themselves. Many who have not succeeded in the task know what it is like to have bills sent to their previous address, leading collectors to demand extra interest and fines for the unpaid bills. Due to a private law presented by MK Ehud Rassabi (Shinui), which goes into effect Wednesday, this should cease to be the norm. The law obligates some companies to update their customer data banks through the Interior Ministry by themselves, meaning that the common citizen only has to notify the ministry of the new address. A person will also have a 30-day grace period to notify the ministry of the new address. The bodies that will be held to the new law are the Transportation Ministry's Licensing Authority, Social Security, the Tax Authority and the Local Authority, which will now have to perform a monthly check with the Interior Ministry. The law also stipulates that if a bill is sent to a citizen's previous address after 50 days have passed from the time he notified the Interior Ministry of the new address, the bill will be considered as undelivered, thus absolving the citizen of fines or interest payments.