Magazine article Public Finance

Crackdown on Illegal Subletting Launched

Magazine article Public Finance

Crackdown on Illegal Subletting Launched

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Social landlords are being encouraged to cross-check their records with one another as part of a government crackdown on the illegal subletting of homes.

Local authorities and housing associations will take part in an extension to the Audit Commission's National Fraud Initiative, which has been studying wider data held by councils and other public authorities for more than ten years.

Housing minister John Healey said on July 31 that a co-ordinated anti-fraud drive against tenancy cheats could free 5,00010,000 homes in two years. Anyone getting council or RSL homes should stick to the same rules as everyone else, he said.

Estimates suggest that the number of social homes sublet unlawfully by tenants ranges from one in 100 to one in 20 in some inner cities. The cost of recovering a property can be as little as £4,000 significantly less than building a new home.

The National Housing Federation said it was fully behind the crackdown, which will include examining benefit records. It urged registered social landlords to co-operate with the commission. …

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