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Network Homes recovers 20 much needed social homes from tenancy fraudsters

29 July 2022

We’ve successfully recovered 20 social homes for families who need them as we continue to tackle tenancy fraud. As a result, 33 people entitled to social housing now have a place to call home.

Over the same period (2021/22) we secured two Unlawful Profit Orders totalling £47,500 against a tenant who was subletting. Unlawful Profit Orders require the offender to pay Network Homes an amount that represents the profit they made from illegally subletting.

Tenancy fraud covers unlawfully subletting of social housing properties, making a false statement to obtain a home, abandonment or fraudulently submitting a Right to Buy/Right to Acquire application.

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We continue to take a proactive approach on tenancy fraud by working alongside partner agencies to ensure we both protect and provide social homes to those who in need it the most. Recovering these properties goes a small way to enable us to achieve our key strategic objective of increasing the number of homes for people in housing need but most importantly it stops illegal activity from taking place in our communities and sends the right message to all our residents, that we will take action to uphold the law, protect social housing assets, and enable those with a genuine housing need to gain access to social housing.

Tabitha Kassem, Network Homes Executive Director of Governance, Technology and Transformation

Report tenancy fraud

Successful outcomes in tenancy fraud cases rely heavily on the support we receive from residents and members of the public. You can report tenancy fraud in confidence by calling 0208 459 9463 or emailing fraud@networkhomes.org.uk. Any information you give us will be treated in the strictest of confidence and your identity will be protected.

You can report the suspected fraud anonymously but please give us as much information as possible to help our investigations. The more information that we have the better the chance we have of stopping it.

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