Housing and Tenancy Fraud

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Housing and Tenancy fraud is defined as the use of social housing by someone who is not entitled to occupy that home. This may involve:

  • Unlawful subletting of a property
  • Submitting false information in an application for housing to get a tenancy
  • Misrepresentation of circumstances or identity
  • Abandonment of the property
  • Wrongful possession when the property is no longer occupied by the original tenant
  • Overcrowding

The level of unlawful subletting across the country is as many as one in twenty homes. At the moment it is estimated that social housing fraud is occurring in 160,000 social homes in Britain. (Source: Experian)

Indicators of tenancy fraud

Please note the following are just indicators and not a guarantee that a fraud is being committed, this list is not inclusive

  • The changing of a long term tenant to regular short term tenants
  • A new tenant moving in for a for a few weeks before another new tenant occupies
  • The advertising of a social property to rent the whole of the house (please note social tenants can rent out rooms with the landlords permission)
  • Parent(s) leaving the property leaving their adult children to use on a permanent basis
  • Bragging that they have obtained or will obtain a social tenancy by exaggerating their circumstances
  • Property frequently appears as if it is not being used for a number of weeks
  • Being disadvantaged in Housing applications against other people who appear to be in identical circumstances

To report any suspicions you may ring our 24-Hour line (manned in office hours) 01732 876122 or by email to reportfraud@tmbc.gov.uk or by using our web mail form.