2. What is tenancy fraud?
Tenancy fraud or misuse can present itself in various forms and at any stage during the tenancy life-cycle. The following list is not exhaustive, but does include the main types of tenancy fraud:
- Fraudulently obtaining a tenancy through misrepresentation of identity or circumstances.
- Unlawful subletting including subletting the whole property to a single household or multiple sub-lets within one property
- Non-occupation by the tenant as their principal home
- Wrongly claimed succession
- Unauthorised assignment of the tenancy
- ‘Key Selling’ – where the tenant leaves the property and passes on the keys in return for a one-off lump sum payment or favour.
The above offences come under the following legislation:
- The Housing Act 1985
- The Housing Act 1996
- The Fraud Act 2006
- Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013