Circle Housing Circle 33 cracks down on tenancy fraud
Published by Anonymous for Circle in Housing and also in Communities
A tenant has been evicted from a property in north London after a local housing provider found that he had been living at a different address.
Circle Housing Circle 33 discovered Edward Antoine has not been using his one bed flat in South Tottenham and had used a false name when he originally signed up to the property.
The provider has been monitoring Mr Antoine for a number of years and gathered evidence proving that he had been living in another home in Enfield.
Mr Antoine, who used the alias Edward Spence, was evicted from the property on 27 November. The flat is now back in possession of the provider and will be made available to someone in need of social housing.
Matthew Ostler, Area Housing Manager for Circle Housing Circle 33 said: “We take fraud of this nature extremely seriously and want to ensure that our homes are lived in by those who need them and those they are intended for.
“As well defrauding the state, people who commit this crime are also denying deserving families from getting a home.
“With the help of other agencies, we work tirelessly to combat tenancy fraud and will always take action against those who abuse the system.”
Over the past three years, Circle Housing Circle 33 has recovered over 120 homes as a result of its ongoing crackdown.
Under the recently introduced Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013, tenancy fraud is now a criminal offence that can lead to a two-year prison sentence and unlimited fine.