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Housing tenancy fraud

Housing tenancy fraud involves obtaining properties by deception. It is a criminal offence to sublet your Council home without the Council's permission.

What is housing tenancy fraud?

Housing tenancy fraud involves the misuse of council properties. Examples include not declaring or misrepresenting housing circumstances, claiming to live at a council property when you live elsewhere, or subletting a Council property without permission, often at a vast profit.

Why is tackling housing tenancy fraud important?

Islington Council has a limited number of properties to let and these are prioritised according to housing need. The lack of affordable housing means that households may wait for years for an offer of accommodation. Housing tenancy fraud reduces the availability of Council housing at a time of extreme demand.

Islington Council takes housing tenancy fraud very seriously and we have a proven track record of dealing with it. The Council, via our housing tenancy teams, recover over 100 properties a year on average. We have a successful record in the County Court and the Court of Appeal and the vast majority of cases are settled in the council's favour.

It is a criminal offence to sublet your council home without the council's permission.

Islington Council can and will prosecute offending parties.

It is now possible to recover the profits made from the subletting of a Council property. Islington Council will take action to recover unlawful profits as a result of subletting.

If you have information on any possible housing tenancy fraud please let us know. You can contact us 24 hours a day on our telephone hotline: 0207 527 7432 or email:housing.fraud@islington.gov.uk

Please help us to tackle housing tenancy fraud so that we can be fair to all of our residents. Remember, housing tenancy fraud may be costing you or someone you know a home.

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