Tenancy fraud

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:

  • Not using your home as your only and principle home;
  • Sub-letting the whole property to another person(s);
  • Securing a social rented home through a false document or claiming to be someone else;
  • Securing a social rented home by using a false statement, such as claiming to be homeless, for example.

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:

  • different tenants moving in and out of a property
  • different people living there on a regular basis
  • removal of furniture at night time
  • someone collecting rent from your neighbours.

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. Where we identify tenancy fraud, we will take action to address this.

If you suspect someone is committing tenancy fraud, please contact us.

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