Circle Housing Old Ford cracks down on tenancy fraud
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A tenant has been evicted from a property in east London after a local housing provider found that he had been living at a different address.
Circle Housing Old Ford discovered Mr Armus Ali had been illegally sub letting his property in Jamaica Street, Tower Hamlets for the past three years.
The provider has been monitoring the flat in Jamaica Street for a number of years and gathered evidence proving that Mr Ali had committed tenancy fraud. Mr Ali was receiving full housing benefit while charging an illegal occupant over £900 per month to rent the property.
Marvelle Dublin, Neighbourhood Manager for Circle Housing Old Ford said: “Circle Housing Old Ford takes fraudulent subletting extremely seriously. We want to ensure that our homes are lived in by those who need them and those they are intended for.
“People who commit this crime are not just defrauding the state, they also preventing deserving families from getting a home.”
The flat is now back in possession of the provider and will be made available to someone in need of social housing.
Over the past three years, Circle Housing Old Ford has recovered 12 homes as a result of its ongoing crackdown. The provider is committed to providing housing for people in housing need and it works closely with Tower Hamlets and other local partners to tackle benefit and housing fraud.
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.