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Policy Tenancy Anti-Fraud Strategy

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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