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Housing fraud


Housing fraud is a crime. 

What is housing fraud?

Some of the most common forms of housing fraud are:

  • Obtaining housing by deception - when someone gets allocated housing by the Council by withholding or giving false information in the application
  • Illegal subletting - when a tenant lets out their Council or housing association home without the permission of their landlord
  • Wrongly claimed succession
  • You fail to use the property as your main home

Are there any signs of housing fraud?

If you notice any of the following you should let us know:

  • Tenants of a property changing frequently
  • Someone collecting rent
  • Tenants who appear to have another home

What should I do if I suspect someone of housing fraud?

If you suspect someone of housing fraud you should contact us and give us as many details as you can. Anything you report is anonymous and held in strict confidence. You can:

If you suspect someone of benefit fraud you should report it to the Department for Work and Pensions (opens new window).

Annual data on housing fraud investigations

Each year we publish data on investigations into tenancy fraud.

Annual publication of tenancy fraud
Fraud investigation data2021/222022/23
Number of occasions the Council used powers under the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud (Power to Require Information) (England) Regulations 2014, or similar powersNilNil
Total number (absolute and full-time equivalent (FTE)) of employees undertaking investigations and prosecutions of fraud (figure is composed of time multiple staff spent on fraud investigation)

0.5 FTE 

0.5 FTE

Total number (absolute and full-time equivalent) of professionally accredited counter fraud specialistsNilNil
Total amount spent by the Council on the investigation and prosecution of fraudNilNil
Total number of fraud cases investigatedNoneNone

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