Tenancy fraud crackdown gets homes in the right hands

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A dozen scammers illegally subletting social housing for profit at the expense of families on waiting lists have had their tenancies revoked in a Haringey Council crackdown.


Investigators found that the registered tenants of the 12 council and housing association homes were living elsewhere and renting out the properties to others – an offence that could land them up to two years in prison.


The homes have now been freed up to families in temporary accommodation or on waiting lists to move into, also saving taxpayers £216,000 a year.


The council’s investigations follow a one-off tenancy fraud amnesty last year, which offered those breaching the rules the chance to hand in their keys and avoid prosecution – with 25 properties recovered.


A change in the law in 2013 means that tenancy fraud is now a criminal offence – with a prison sentence or fine of up to £5,000 for those ...

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