Tackling Tenancy Fraud
Tenancy fraud is on the rise.
Illegal subletting, abandoned homes and wrongly claimed discounts and successions are just some of the more common scams that we encounter on a day-to-day basis.
To help combat situations such as this, we have teamed up the social landlords from around the region to found a new group dedicated to cracking down on fraud. Called the Mercian Tenancy Fraud Forum, they share experience and knowledge to help find the best possible way to stop fraud happening.
Housing tenancy fraud is not a victimless crime – it stops homes being let to those in need, it disrupts local communities and costs money.
If you see or hear anything suspicious, please get in touch.
We need you to help us to stamp it out.
Why we need to tackle fraud
Back in 2015 a tenant exercised their Right-to-Buy a two-bed home in Worcester with a discount of £78,000. A vital check through the National Anti-Fraud Network showed that the claim to the discount was fraudulent and action was taken to reclaim the house. Rather than face court action the house was surrendered.
The house is now let to a previously homeless family who had been living out of one room. If the fraudulent claim hadn’t have been made, they would have been settled much sooner. They were the real victims of the fraud.