The money expert had a big warning for British viewers, a £1,000 fine could be coming their way.
Ignoring a certain letter in the post might see your household slapped with the large fine.
Martin told viewers: “Don’t ignore your household enquiry form.”
The money expert explained: “Each year as part of the Electoral Commission’s Annual Canvas, every UK household is sent a Household Enquiry Form from their local council to check that the electoral roll is correct and the right people are registered to vote (it won’t register you if you’re not on it).”
Letters are being sent out now and it’s very important to be looking out for them.
Martin said: “Many letters are being sent now (though depending on the council you may not get it until early November) and when you get yours you must by law double-check the info is correct and send it back, even if there are no changes.”
While many of us bin most of our letters, it’s important not to do that in this case.
Martin said: “So don’t mistake it for junk and bin it. On it, it should also tell you if you’re registered on the optional public ‘open register’ which is used by companies for marketing.”
What should you do with the Household Enquiry Form?
Martin said: “If you’re on it, and don’t want to be you’ll need to respond to your form online, or contact your local council and ask it to take you off – there’s no tick box on the paper form to opt out.
“You must return it by the deadline your council sets, which can be anytime until the end of November.
“If you don’t and you repeatedly ignore the reminders you could be fined up to £1,000.
“If you miss the deadline, or think you’ve binned it don’t worry – contact your council ASAP and they’ll tell you what to do it, and as long as you return it by the end of November deadline you shouldn’t be fined.”
Martin Lewishas also recently revealed the best bank accounts to get before Christmas.
He said: “So if you want to be paid to switch bank, this is the moment.”
How can you switch bank accounts? Is it easy?
Martin said: “Switching takes just seven working days, the new bank closes your old account and moves all direct debits (you’ll usually need 2+ of these to qualify for the bonus), standing orders and payments.”
Martin added: “For the vast majority (76 per cent in my last Twitter poll) it’s a simple process.
“You also need to pass a not so harsh credit check.”