In isolation, the fact that the applicant has not been found on the electoral roll tells us very little about the applicant’s suitability for a tenancy. Considered alongside other referencing information this helps confirm the identifty and profile of the applicant e.g. does the applicant have any accounts (bank, utility etc.) open at the address they say they are living at?
There are three reasons why the applicant may not appear on the electoral register:
- The applicant has not registered to vote.
- The applicant has registered to vote but opted out of the ‘open register’ – the version of the register that’s available to anyone who wants to buy a copy.
- The applicant has registered to vote anonymously – You may be able to register anonymously if you can show that there’s a good reason, for example if you’re concerned about your safety. Your details won’t appear on either version of the electoral register if you register anonymously.
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