Tenancy fraud

Tenancy fraud

Tenancy fraud happens when someone lives in a social rented home that was not allocated to them. It is a criminal offence and means there are fewer homes for people who really need them.

What is tenancy fraud?

There are lots of different kinds of tenancy fraud, such as:

  • Sub-letting or parting with possession
    • When a tenant rents out all or part of their home without our permission.
  • Non-occupation or abandonment
    • When a tenant uses their home for a business or unlawfully lets it out instead of living in it.
  • Unlawful assignment
    • When someone stops using their property as their main and principal home, but leaves someone else in occupation. This could be a parent moving out and leaving a friend or family member living there; or if the tenant dies and someone else keeps living there without telling us.
  • Key selling
    • When a tenant moves out and sells their key to someone else.
  • False application
    • When a tenant knowingly gives us false information when applying for a home.
  • Abandoning the property
    • When a tenant stops living at their home and leaves it but does so without telling us.
  • Keeping a social rented home when you own another property.

How can you help?

Residents are the eyes of ears of our neighbourhood. If you suspect tenancy fraud please call us on 020 8682 5379, or email fraud@wandle.com. Your information will be dealt with in confidence, and your identity kept anonymous.

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