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