Informing the Local Electoral Registration Officer that you have moved home is probably not top of your list when dealing with the challenges and demands of a house move, however it is important for a number of reasons, not just voting and it is a requirement in law.
Research by the independent Electoral Commission indicates that across Great Britain, recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those that have lived at the same address for a long time. The research showed that 94 % of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered compared to 40% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year. In addition the same research indicates that only 63% of private renters are registered.
You often hear people talking about the stress of moving home. With so much to organise, it’s hardly surprising. You’ll need a lawyer and a survey - maybe a mortgage. Not forgetting arranging for gas and electricity to be connected at your new home.
So why should we all encourage individuals to be part of the electoral register? Of course being on the Electoral Register enables you to vote in local and UK elections and referendums, however as well as being able to vote, there are other reasons why it’s important to be on the electoral register:
The following people can register to vote:
Registering is straightforward and only takes a couple of minutes using the internet at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote individuals simply need their date of birth and national insurance number or alternatively they can contact their Local Authority Electoral Registration Officer.
"I must admit this is something we have not made our clients aware of in the past but it obviously makes sense for the reasons outlined in this article. We now incorporate the link into our completion documentation to Landlords, Tenants, house buyers and sellers. Having them registered clearly helps us in the future as far as credit scoring and POD is concerned the lack of which can have a dramatic effect on transaction time scales. As Agents we have a responsibility to make our customers aware of the implications of not registering and this is an addition to our home moving service"
Margaret Waggott Assistant Director Administration,Democratic and Electoral Services Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Mike Robo said on June 25 2018
Helen was brilliant - she kept us well informed all the time.
Gavin Easby said on June 08 2018
The staff in the Coulby Newham branch were extremely friendly and helpful.
Howe Danni said on May 14 2018
Helen was fantastic throughout x
Wayne Foster said on May 10 2018
David gave us a good first impression, very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Helen was good at keeping us informed, in spite of difficulties that were outside of her control.
Cheryl Bullock said on May 9 2018
I was very happy with the service from Michael Poole. The staff were all helpful and friendly and I was well informed throughout the whole process. Helen at Coulby Newham dealt with my sale mostly and was an excellent negotiator.
Having recently been placed in the TOP 3% of all UK agents securing our entry in the Best UK Agents Guide 2020 for both Property Sales and Lettings, Michael Poole Estate Agents continue to be the ‘go to agent’ on Teesside.
For more than 25 years we have provided our clients with an exceptional level of service, whether Buying, Selling or renting on Teesside our family run business will deliver.
Constantly evolving and utilising the latest techniques in both traditional marketing, enhanced by social media and web based platforms, we really do have ‘ ALL THE RIGHT HOMES IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES’