Release Date: 01-Feb-2016
Raising awareness about tenancy fraud in Kirklees and our region
Kirklees Council is joining local authorities across the region to highlight the importance of reporting suspected fraud as part of the national Tenancy Fraud Awareness Week, 1-5 February 2016.
Tenancy fraud is when a council home is occupied by someone who should not live there, or they have obtained their tenancy fraudulently either by unlawful subletting, obtaining a home by deception or wrongly claiming succession after a family member dies.
Let us know if you suspect someone is committing tenancy fraud
The Government gave local authorities additional powers to investigate social housing tenancy fraud under the Prevention of Social Fraud Act 2013 and it has now been recognised as a criminal offence.
The Council’s Fraud Team investigate allegations of tenancy fraud, which may involve visits to tenants or applicants on the housing waiting list to confirm the information given is correct. If fraud is uncovered then further action is taken.
Cllr Turner, cabinet member for Resources said: “As resources continue to tighten its never been more vital to make the best use of the housing available in Kirklees.”
“A social housing tenant must give their landlord the correct notice if they wish to end their tenancy and not leave the property empty or let anyone else live there illegally. This ensures that properties can be re-let quickly to another family.”
“Tenancy fraud not a victimless crime and those that commit fraud to gain access to our social housing do so at the expense of those in real need. If you are aware of someone trying to jump the housing waiting list or you are made aware of a property being misused, please let us know about it.”
Report suspicions in complete confidence on 0800 7311705 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your local housing officer on 01484 414886.
In recognition of the ongoing importance of tackling tenancy fraud, Kirklees Council has signed up to the Yorkshire and Humber Tenancy Fraud Forum. The forum aims to bring public and private sectors together to tackle those who abuse the system.