11 Oct 2013

Interesting social housing fraud experiment

Barnet Council say their Tenancy Fraud Team has already recovered over 70 properties since their launch in 2011.
By working in partnership, we are now taking more steps to improve tenancy checks and verify applications, to make sure homes are given to those who really need them.
Now tenants illegally subletting their homes have the chance to hand their keys back without facing any penalty.

During Barnet Borough Council’s amnesty, which runs until November 15, anyone illegally subletting their council homes will not face legal action if they admit to it.

After then the new Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013 will be enforced, meaning people illegally subletting their property can face a prison sentence of up to two years or a £5,000 fine, and a criminal record.

It will be interesting to see how many properties are given up. Every sublet property means someone on the list denied housing, so this could be worth while morally as well as financially.

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