Housing Fraud

In the last month we have re-gained possession of two homes that were being used fraudulently. One was a home that was not being lived in by the tenant and was left empty. Another was being used by customer of a Bed and Breakfast when it had no rooms free. In both cases the information provided by other residents living in the area has been very valuable and helped us to get these homes back for re-letting.

Can you help us Home in on a Housing Cheat?

What is a housing cheat?
A Housing Cheat is someone who commits tenancy fraud. Some common types of tenancy fraud are:

  • Unlawful sub-letting - This is where a council or housing association tenant rents out their property without permission from their landlord.
  • Non occupation – This is where a council or housing association tenant stops living in the accommodation provided to them.
  • False housing application – This is where an applicant for a council or housing association home provides false information or fails to disclose relevant information in order to gain accommodation.
  • Falsely claimed succession – This is where somebody provides false information to take over a tenancy following the death of a tenant.

Do you know a housing cheat?
Someone you know may miss out on a home because of a Housing Cheat.

Why should you help?
There are far more people seeking council and housing association homes in Devon than there are homes available. By reporting Housing Cheats valuable accommodation could be made available.

How can you report a Housing Cheat?
Reports can be made anonymously by calling the fraud hotline on 01752 304450 or emailing socialhousingfraud@plymouth.gov.uk or by contacting the Teign Housing Neighbourhood Services Team on 01626 322739.

What will happen if you report a Housing Cheat?
Your report will be investigated by a specialist team of tenancy fraud investigators working across Devon. The housing cheat may be:

  • Removed from the Devon Home Choice register
  • Cautioned
  • Prosecuted if an offence is found

Housing Cheats could receive a substantial fine, a criminal record and could even be imprisoned. Where we can evidence tenancy fraud we will look to re-gain possession of that home. REPORT IT NOW