Rights and responsibilities

Tenancy fraud

You’re likely to lose your tenancy and you could lose your right to council housing in the future if you’re caught committing housing fraud.

You may be fined or sent to prison if the fraud is serious.

Housing fraud includes:

  • not telling the truth when applying for a property – e.g. claiming to have children when you don’t or omitting land ownership
  • sub-letting a property without permission
  • living in a property after someone has died without the right to do so

We will check:

  • a tenant’s housing record against other records – e.g. Housing Benefit or the Electoral Roll
  • that the genuine tenant lives at the property – e.g. asking to see the tenant’s passport and tenancy agreement

Checks can happen at any time during a tenancy, without any warning.

If you think you know someone committing this kind of fraud don’t wait – let us know by calling either:

  • National Benefit Fraud Hotline hotline on 0800 854 440
  • Estates Management Team on 0300 300 8302

All calls are confidential, and it could make a real difference!

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