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New approaches in tackling tenancy fraud


New approaches in tackling tenancy fraud


This 'new approaches' briefing will explore how housing providers across England have approached the fraudulent use of social housing, including preventing and detecting a range of fraudulent activities. It will highlight emerging issues and risks in tackling tenancy fraud and establish good practice from providers in how to meet these new challenges.

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  • ?Page 11 is incorrect: "The Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013 is a new piece of legislation which makes it a criminal offence for tenants to sub-let or part with possession of their socially rented home" should read "...sub-let AND part with possession..." . If the tenant remains in occupation no criminal act is committed.

    Cotton, Andrew Joseph
  • Thanks for your comment Andrew, and you're right to point out that the tenant does need to have ceased to occupy the property. However, Schedule 1 of the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013 reads as follows : Unlawful sub-letting: secure tenancies (1)A tenant of a dwelling-house let under a secure tenancy commits an offence if? (a)in breach of an express or implied term of the tenancy, the tenant sub-lets or parts with possession of? (i)the whole of the dwelling-house, or (ii)part of the dwelling-house without the landlord?s written consent, (b)the tenant ceases to occupy the dwelling-house as the tenant?s only or principal home, and (c)the tenant knows that the conduct described in paragraph (a) is a breach of a term of the tenancy. You can find the full legislation here If you'd like to have a chat about this or anything else tenancy fraud related, feel free to email me on

    Priest-Stephens, Fleur

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