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Social Housing (Tenancy) Fraud is the illegal or improper use of a social housing property.
This would normally be a property that is owned by a registered social landlord such as Circle Housing Mole Valley. Tenancy fraud, including subletting, is a criminal offence that carries a potential jail term.
Social Housing is a valuable asset which must be protected to provide homes for those with genuine need. We are aware that some families and individuals in need of housing are currently being denied due to incidents of tenancy fraud within Mole Valley and we will not tolerate it. Information, which can be given anonymously, can lead us to recovering properties and give honest families, currently in temporary accommodation, a home.
Tackling this sort of fraud saves valuable resources and gives families better lives. Social Housing should only be used to help those who need it most, not misused by fraudsters making money at all of our expense.
What is tenancy fraud?
There are many different kinds of tenancy fraud. Here are the most common types we come across:
What to do if you suspect tenancy fraud
Or contact the Fraud and Investigation Team on the MVDC Fraud Hotline 01306 879284 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost of tenancy fraud
The Audit Commission has estimated that the cost to the local taxpayer for misused property is equivalent to the cost to the council of temporary housing a homeless person. This is estimated as up to £18,000 per year.
In Mole Valley, five such properties that were fraudulently occupied have been recovered in 2015 and are now in use by those who had previously been waiting for a permanent home, giving those families a better life and saving taxpayers an estimated £90,000.
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