15 Dec 2015

Light sentence for illegal sub-letting

A second successful prosecution has been completed in Cornwall under new Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act legislation.

Carol Ann Broaders (60) formerly of Newham Road, Truro pleaded guilty at Truro Magistrates Court on Wednesday 9 December 2015 to one count of tenancy fraud after moving out of and then illegally subletting a council house.

In a prosecution led by Cornwall Council on behalf of Cornwall Housing Ltd, Mrs Broaders pleaded guilty to the fact that she moved out of the property and sublet it without the landlord’s (Cornwall Housing Limited) consent in breach of an express term of the tenancy, knowing that such conduct was dishonest and a breach of a term of the tenancy.

Miss Snowdon was given a £300 fine and was ordered to pay Cornwall Council’s full investigation and legal costs of £1,200 and a £30 Victim Surcharge.

Cornwall Council’s Corporate Fraud Team and Cornwall Housing Ltd have been working in partnership since August 2014 to tackle tenancy fraud.

Joyce Duffin, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment said: “It costs on average £18,000 a year to house a family in temporary accommodation. There is huge pressure on the supply of social housing making it imperative that the housing we do have available goes to people in genuine need of help. It’s totally wrong for people not to be living in housing intended for them and to be potentially illegally profiting from it at the same time.”


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