Social housing is in huge demand. It is estimated that around 50,000 housing association and council homes are occupied by someone who should either not live there, or who got the tenancy fraudulently. In 2013, legislation was passed which means it is now illegal to sub-let. Doing this could now mean a two-year prison sentence and a fine of up to £5,000.
Tenancy fraud could be:
There is not enough social housing to meet demand, which makes it important to us that those who live in our homes are those who are legally entitled to do so. Our Neighbourhood teams work with local authorities and other agencies to investigate tenancy fraud, using our information sharing protocols. But we also rely on you to help us detect this.
Things to look out for:
If you suspect a neighbouring property is sub-let, please contact us. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence, and we will investigate ALL reports of alleged sub-letting.