3. Impact of tenancy fraud
As a Council we have a duty to make best use of public assets and to ensure it is for those who are genuinely in need. Tenancy fraud has a damaging effect for the following reasons:
- It can prevent those with a genuine need from access to Council housing.
- The Council is unable to make best use of its housing stock.
- Some tenants may spend longer in overcrowded or temporary housing if they are prevented from accessing housing because it is being fraudulently used.
- When properties are used fraudulently, either sublet to unauthorised tenants, or left empty, the Council, as landlord, have little or no control over managing the property and jeopardise our ability to respond and deal with cases of anti-social behaviour and repairs issues.
- There is greater risk of the property being used for illegal purposes.
- Unauthorised subtenants, unaware of their status, are at risk of being charged high rents or risk eviction and homelessness.