If there is evidence to suggest a tenancy has been obtained or kept fraudulently, we will investigate thoroughly which may result in us taking legal action to seek back possession.

Tenancy fraud is also a criminal offence and can result in fines, imprisonment, or both.

Tenancy fraud is when someone misuses or unlawfully occupies a social housing property to which they are not entitled. This can include:

  • Unlawful Subletting/Subletting for Profit - renting out your property to someone else/making a profit from this
  • False Information - providing false information during the housing application process
  • Abandonment - leaving the property vacant while living elsewhere
  • Failing to use the property as your principle home
  • Fraudulently submitting a Right to Buy/Right to Acquire application
  • Holding more than one social housing tenancy at once.

If you suspect tenancy fraud, please let us know using one of the contact methods below.