Housing verification checks

If you are shortlisted for a council property, we will make verification checks into your circumstances to make sure you meet the criteria and that we issue houses fairly.

A Homefinder Officer may contact you to let you know what information you will need to provide.

You will have 24 hours (excluding weekends) to provide the documents.

You need to send the information to home.finder@harlow.gov.uk including your name and address.

You can also bring the documents into the Civic Centre for them to be copied. You will need to let the reception staff know that the documents are for your housing application verification.

Below is a guide (it does not include everything) as to the kind of information that we might need you to provide.

Residence

We will need to see proof of residence for the previous 5 years for all members of your household who you wish to have re-housed with you. This includes all adults and all children.

Examples of what you could provide are:

  • Council Tax bills for the previous 5 years
  • one bank statement per year for each adult for the previous 5 years
  • letters from schools verifying the address history of the child or children
  • Child Benefit or Child Tax Credit award letters covering the previous 5 years

Identity

We will need to see proof of identity for all members of your household who you wish to have re-housed with you. Examples of what you could provide for all adults are:

  • full birth certificate
  • valid passport
  • full driving licence

You will need to provide full birth certificates for all dependent children.

Local connection to Harlow

You only need to meet one of the local connection criteria (residence, family connection, work) listed below:

Residence

We will need to see proof of your residency in Harlow. Examples of what you could provide are:

  • tenancy agreement
  • one bank statement for each year
  • one utility bill for each year to cover the previous 5 years

Family connection

We will need to see proof of the relative’s identity and relationship to you and proof of their residency in Harlow. Examples of what you could provide are:

  • Council Tax bills for the previous 5 years
  • one bank statement per year to show the residency of your relative in Harlow
  • full birth certificate of the relative and full birth certificate from you to show the relationship

Work

Examples of what you could provide are:

  • current contract of employment
  • recent payslips
  • letter from your employer detailing your terms and conditions of employment

Income, benefits, savings and equity

For joint applicants, you need to provide proof of income for both applicants. Examples of what you could provide are:

  • most recent P60
  • last 8 payslips
  • benefit award letters
  • recent bank statements showing proof of benefits
  • bank statements showing savings
  • current valuation of your property
  • current mortgage statement

Housing debts

You will need to provide a current rent statement to show that the rent account is clear.

Where there are housing-related debts either singly or jointly of £1000 or more you will need to provide proof that you have an existing repayment plan that has been in place for the previous 12 months. Examples of what you could provide are:

  • copy of an existing repayment plan