There are several types of tenancy fraud and below are some of the most common ones:
Council housing is a valuable asset and often a lifeline to the people it's meant for, given the desperate shortage of affordable homes.
We have to make sure that the best use of our homes is made and ensure that the people living in them are legally entitled to be there.
Tenancy fraud can:
We take tenancy fraud very seriously and will take action to regain possession of properties and recover any unlawful profits made by residents wherever we find evidence of tenancy fraud.
Our right to do this has been enforced by the government in the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act (PoSHFA) 2013.
The introduction of this act, made tenancy fraud a criminal offence, which in the very worst instances could result in two years in prison and/or a maximum of £50,000 in fines.
Our housing officers carry out regular tenancy audits (home visits) as part of our letting and housing management activities, to make sure that the right people are living in our properties and that they are keeping to the other terms of their tenancy agreement.
We work with the Shared Anti-Fraud Service (SAFS) at Hertfordshire County Council to investigate and take action against those committing tenancy fraud.
In the year 2019 to 2020, a total of 21 properties were recovered and fraudulent Right to Buy applications were stopped due to the work of the housing team and the fraud services.
Do you know:
Any one of the above could be tenancy fraud, using up valuable housing accommodation and depriving families and vulnerable people who are on the waiting list.
Please let us know so that we can investigate and take action. There are many ways you can get in touch with us about tenancy fraud:
Any information you give us will be treated in the strictest of confidence and your identity will be protected. You can report the suspected fraud anonymously but please give us as much information as possible to help our investigations. The more information that we have the better the chance we have of stopping it.
If you are happy to disclose your contact details then this may help if we need to contact you for more information or to clarify something you have told us.