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Housing fraud

Thousands of properties are unavailable each year to housing association tenants because of housing fraud.People caught committing housing fraud may lose their right to housing in the future.

When a person gets a housing association or council property by giving false information in their application, they are committing housing fraud.For example, the person may not tell the landlord that they:

  • already rent another council or housing association property
  • own a property
  • or they claim to have children when they do not in an attempt to gain a higher priority for a home.


What happens if someone commits housing fraud
Housing fraud means someone else, who may be in greater need, misses out on the opportuinity of a property.
The person caught committing fraud is likely to lose their tenancy and could lose their right to a council or housing association home in the future.
Depending on the seriousness of the fraud, it’s also possible they could be fined and/or sent to prison.

How to report suspected housing fraud
You may be suspicious of another tenant if you:

  • think they have another home their landlord doesn’t know about
  • have seen them collect rent from a neighbour.

    HELP US STAMP OUT HOUSING FRAUD on 0800 953 0213 or 01772 268000
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