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Helper I
Helper I

Validate current address using Power Automate

I'm building a model driven app which links a person record to multiple contact address records (1:N)


However there should only ever be one current address for each person, which is a Yes/No choice field on the Contact record


I tried using business rules to enforce this validation but it doesn't seem flexible enough to do this, is it possible to use Power Automate or something else to enforce this kind of validation?


It needs to include validation for both changes made from the form and via Excel import


Maybe I'm missing something obvious, any help is appreciated

Super User
Super User

hi @Spikyface what does your data looks like? you have a person record which have a current address - i assume that these do not allow duplicate current addresses. Are you then try to see from the other datasources whether mor e than one address exists for a person? 


Hi @rubin_boer 


It's even simpler than that, I only want the user to be able to select a single address as current for a person


The person record has person id, title, forename, surname, membership cost


The contact record has a lookup to the person record Address Line 1, Address Line 2, Town, Zip code and a yes/no field for current address


At the moment, there's nothing stopping a user from creating 3 contact records which are related to the same person and marking the current address field as Yes for all of them (which makes no sense, how can a person have 3 current addresses?!)

Super User
Super User

hi @Spikyface ok lets see if i get you. i assume the lookup is done by person id. based on your last paragraph your problem is as such:


Button OnSelect

ClearCollect(_Person,{person_id:0 ,title: "Mr", forename: "Jack", surname:"Black", membership_cost: 50});


The user can then add contact, but the problem is they can add it more than once and the yes representing the current address. they can add many


on the contained will button a check is added to see if the user can add an enntry, iof theuser already have a current address they wont be allowed to add a record.

Set(_CanUpdate,If(CountRows(Filter(_Contact,And(person_id=0,CurrentAddress = "yes")))=0,true,false));

If(_CanUpdate, Collect(_Contact,{person_id: 0, AddressLine1:"Here" , AddressLine2: "There", Town: "Some Town", ZipCode: 5555, CurrentAddress: "yes"}));


I hope that help

Helper I
Helper I

@rubin_boer would that work even on a model driven app?


I've not used any validation like that so far, I thought that kind of functionality was limited to canvas apps

Super User
Super User

hi @Spikyface  yes it will

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