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Housing provider's sub-letter crackdown saves £500,000

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Legal

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A housing provider has recovered 29 properties from illegal sub-letters, saving £522,000 in the process.

Thanks to an intelligence-led approach, data sharing and joint working with councils and other organisations, Guinness South has re-let the homes to families in 11 different local authorities.

“With over 1.7 million households on the waiting lists for social housing, we cannot afford to be complacent about fraud,” said Tony Swinden, neighbourhood services director at Guinness. “We are very serious about tackling illegal sub-letting and we’re really keen to ensure that the correct people are living in our homes and people are not unfairly profiting from them.”

After the Audit Commission estimated that housing tenancy fraud cost social landlords £1.8 billion in 2012, Guinness appointed a specialist tenancy investigations manager in May this year.

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