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Panorama exposes 'scandal of unlawful subletting'

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Panorama exposes 'scandal of unlawful subletting' Panorama exposes 'scandal of unlawful subletting'

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has welcomed the exposure of last night's Panorama programme into the "scandal of unlawful subletting of social housing", a problem that it has worked closely with the government and landlords to tackle.

The Panorama investigation 'Council Houses: Cheats and Victims' was aired last night on BBC One and revealed how some council tenants are unlawfully subletting council properties, including a part-time police officer who was caught offering his council flat to an undercover reporter for more than £350 a week more than the rent he pays to Southwark council.

Speaking before the porgramme was broadcast, Richard Capie, Deputy Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) said: "Unlawful subletting of social housing is worse than theft, and tonight's programme should raise the profile of a problem that is not widely understood.  With so many households in genuine need on the waiting list we have recognised this practice as a priority and worked hard with housing organisations to help them stamp it out.

"CIH wrote the guidance on behalf of the Department Communities and Local Government in 2009 which gives landlords useful strategies to identify and bring cheats to justice.  We are now getting ready to launch a team of experts who will help housing organisations make the best use of their homes, including making sure they are occupied by genuine tenants."

The team is part of a wider package announced by the Housing Minister, Grant Shapps, which will work across the country to share good practice and raise performance and standards across the whole of the social housing sector.

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