Dudley tenants flouting laws and renting council homes for money

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More than 500 housing fraud investigations were launched during 2013/14.  As well as illegal sub-letting, officers also uncovered cases where tenants hadn’t been using their property as their only home and had been living elsewhere some of the time.  There were also tenants who had abandoned their properties and people who not moved out when the named tenant had died.

Dudley Council said in 12 months, there were 84 cases of tenancy fraud.

Director of adult, community and housing services Andrea Pope-Smith said: “The demand for council housing in Dudley far outweighs the number of properties available.To ensure we get best value from our council homes, it is important we prevent them from being obtained or used fraudulently.

“We recruited two tenancy fraud officers to our anti-social-behaviour team to ensure we are taking a robust approach to both fraud detection and prevention.”

She added: “We are continuing ...

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