The problem of tenancy fraud is being spotlighted by Kirklees Council.
The authority is underlining the importance of reporting suspected fraud as part of national Tenancy Fraud Awareness Week, February 1 to 5.
Tenancy fraud is when a council home is occupied by someone who should not live there, or has gained their tenancy by unlawful sub-letting, obtaining a home by deception or wrongly claiming succession after a family member dies.
Social housing tenancy fraud is a criminal offence and local authorities have powers to investigate.
One of the ways the council investigates allegations of tenancy fraud is by visits to tenants or applicants on the housing list to confirm given information is correct. If fraud is uncovered, further action is taken.
Clr Graham Turner, Kirklees cabinet member for resources, said: “As resources continue to tighten, it has never been more vital to make the best use of housing available in Kirklees.
“A social housing tenant must give their landlord the correct notice if they leave and not leave the property empty or let anyone else live there illegally. This ensures homes can be re-let quickly to another family.
“Tenancy fraud is not a victimless crime. Those who commit fraud to get social housing do so at the expense of those in real need.
“If you know someone trying to jump the housing queue or of a property being misused, please let us know.”
Report suspicions in confidence on 0800 7311705 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your local housing officer.
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