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Tenancy / housing fraud

What is housing tenancy fraud?

Housing tenancy fraud can include:

  • the use of social housing by someone who is not entitled to occupy that home, such as giving false information on an application (e.g. ownership of another property);
  • unlawfully sub-letting the property;
  • unlawfully living in the property (e.g. failing to disclose death of tenant);
  • abuse of the right to buy and right to acquire schemes;
  • misrepresenting circumstances to gain a discount they are not entitled;
  • exercising the right to buy or right to acquire when they are not entitled to.

What are the costs involved in housing / tenancy fraud?

From a survey of English Councils by the European Institute for Combating Corruption & Fraud, the amount of detected Right to Buy fraud in 2014/15 was £30.2m.

How does this impact on you?

For every penny that is defrauded from the Council (and the taxpayer), this reduces the level of available resources the Council has and therefore the level of services the Council can provide.

People in need, and eligible for, social housing may not be found a home due to the misuse of available social housing. 

How to report your suspicions of housing / tenancy fraud

You can report your suspicions to the relevant Housing Association, as the Council may not have any authority to investigate this type of fraud. 

However, if you are not sure which is the relevant Housing Authority or how to report it,you can report suspected housing / tenancy fraud to us. 

Fraud Hotline - 0800 953 0217

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