1. Introduction and background
Social housing is a valuable national asset which is in great demand. The Audit Commission estimate that as many as 50,000 social homes across the country may be occupied fraudulently. The National Fraud Authority (NFA) has identified that local authority tenancy fraud costs the public purse an estimated £845 million each year in temporary accommodation charges. Those who commit tenancy fraud deprive people who are genuinely in need from accessing social housing. 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.
Fraud prevention is a regulatory requirement based on statutory provisions and as such applies to all current and prospective tenants.
This Tenancy Anti-Fraud Strategy sets out East Devon District Council’s (the Council) approach to tackling tenancy fraud within its housing stock.
This strategy should be read in conjunction with the Council’s Tenancy Anti-Fraud Policy.