Social housing landlords crackdown on tenancy fraud
3:01pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
SOCIAL housing landlords are cracking down on tenancy fraud in the county to stop people illegally occupying council homes.
To combat the issue and alleviate the demand for social housing, social landlords in Gloucestershire have come together to create the Gloucestershire Tenancy Fraud Forum (GTFF).
The campaign, which began in April, has already led to 60 cases of tenancy fraud being investigated. Of these, 40 have resulted in tenancies being terminated, with the properties subsequently re-let.
Stroud District Council’s tenancy manager and chairman of the GTFF, Kevin Topping, said currently there was not enough social housing to meet demand.
“People waiting for social housing will have to wait even longer if homes continue to be occupied by those who have no right to be there,” he said.
Examples of tenancy fraud include unlawful subletting, obtaining a home by deception, wrongly claiming succession after someone dies and selling on the keys of a home for a one off payment.
Anyone wishing to report someone they suspect of committing tenancy fraud can call 01453 754876 or visit www.tellustoday.co.uk
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