Ingrid Schultz, 65, travelled abroad, dined out at restaurants and splashed out on shopping sprees after pocketing £10,000 over five years.
The ruse was uncovered by an anonymous telephone call to Genesis Housing Association from someone commenting on the turnover of subtenants at the property in Burton Road, Kilburn.
Genesis referred the case to Brent Council’s Audit and Investigation Team who started collecting evidence on Schultz.
They found she had been illegally subletting the property between March 2010 and November 2015 while living in a neighbouring borough and illegally renting out the loft.
At the expense of taxpayers, Schultz used the profits to finance holidays, meals out and shopping trips.
She pleaded guilty to subletting the property over five years at Harrow Crown Court on February 16 and was handed a 12-month prison term, suspended for two years.
Schultz was served with an unlawful profit order - which requires a landlord to be paid any profit gained from the subletting - in the sum of £10,823 to be paid at the rate of £350 per month.
She was also ordered to pay £1,000 costs along with a £100 surcharge.
This went on under the Housing Association's nose for more than five years. They didn't even spot it themselves, it was only a tip off that brought it to their attention.
How much more illegal subletting have Genesis Housing Association not picked up on? Do they even try? Should this not be part of their job?