What is Housing Fraud?
When one of our tenants rents it out our home without permission or obtains a home by providing false information they are guilty of housing fraud.
People who commit housing fraud use up valuable homes and deprive families and vulnerable people of getting a home.
We are committed to tackling housing fraud and to provide an effective reporting, investigative and, if necessary, enforcement service to combat housing fraud.
Housing Fraud can include:
Obtaining a tenancy by giving false information, failing to update personal information as a result of a change in circumstances and/or using false documents such as forged identification or claiming another’s identity.
Unauthorised subletting by allowing another person(s) to use part or the whole of the property in exchange for rent without the landlord’s permission.
Non-Occupation and Absence are where the tenant is no longer using the property as their only or principal home. They may use the property infrequently, as an address to return to, as an address to claim credit or benefits, or they may abandon the property completely. Long-term absence refers to a tenant’s absence from the property of over 28 days and is permitted under certain circumstances for specified periods of time, with prior written agreement from First Choice Homes.
Key selling involves the tenant giving their keys to another person in return for financial gain without informing the landlord.
People also commit housing fraud onRight to Buy homes and can include
Misrepresenting the length of tenancy in order to gain a greater discount
Attempting to purchase a property whilst not using it as their sole or principal home
Not disclosing previous rent arrears, possession orders, transfers or evictions
Misrepresenting the household composition, for example, submitting a joint right to buy application with someone who does not reside at the property or has not done so for the required period
What can you do to help?
If you suspect that someone living in one of our homes is committing housing fraud, please let us know.
Your help in reporting housing fraud is important because you can see what’s going on in your neighbourhood.
You might know that somebody has a home the landlord doesn’t know about or has given false information in their housing application.
You might suspect someone of housing fraud - you may have seen them collect rent from your neighbours.
You might be suspicious because the tenants of a property keep changing.