East Devon District Council

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11. Tackling tenancy fraud

It is important that the people living in our properties are those that need them most. We take various steps to ensure that this is the case, from ensuring we allocate the property to the most appropriate person, to following up allegations of alleged misuse.

For all new tenants we take copies of photo identification such as passport or driving licence. Where there is no available photo ID we will take a photograph of each tenant.

We have started a regular series of in depth estate inspections where we visit each property and where possible speak to the tenant about any issues affecting them. We take the opportunity to check identification to ensure that they are indeed the tenant. We are rolling these estate inspections out across the district and aim to do at least three different areas each year.

We follow up any reports of unoccupied properties or sub-letting of properties and take action if cases of abuse are discovered. As well as this we carry out tenancy checks when visiting some of our properties.

We issue press releases about tenancy fraud and have articles in our newsletters and information on our website.

 We have a policy on tackling tenancy fraud. We encourage staff and tenants to report any suspected incidents of tenancy fraud and have a confidential fraud line available.