Housing provider’s tenancy fraud work up for national prize
Published by Anonymous for Circle in Housing and also in Communities
Circle Housing Circle 33 is in the running to receive national recognition for the way it tackles tenancy fraud.
The provider has been shortlisted from over 200 entries for the 2014 Housing Heroes Awards. These awards are in their sixth year and will once again showcase the people and teams that are doing exceptional work in the affordable housing sector.
Circle Housing Circle 33 – which manages homes across Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Redbridge, Newham and Waltham Forest - is one of six finalists in the running for the Frontline Team of the Year category.
Neil Brown, Managing Director for Circle Housing Circle 33, said: “We are extremely pleased to be shortlisted for this prestigious award.
“Three years ago we stepped up our crackdown on tenancy fraudsters and since then over 220 homes have been recovered and re-let to families and individuals in genuine housing need.”
Circle Housing Circle 33 works closely with the police, border agency, Experian – the credit reference agency - and local authorities to take action against those who cheat the system.
The Audit Commission estimates that tenancy fraud costs every adult in the country about £1460 a year and 98,000 social housing homes in England are subject to housing tenancy fraud.
The event is organised by Inside Housing magazine and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and attracted an amazing response with submissions from the length and breadth of the UK.
Martin Hilditch, Acting Editor of Inside Housing, said: “All the finalists have done incredibly well in getting this far because the standard of entries this year was stronger than ever. Congratulations to Circle Housing Circle 33 for being shortlisted.”
For the second time, the winners will be revealed the night before the doors open at the CIH Conference and Exhibition, at a sensational awards ceremony in the Exchange Hall at Manchester Central on Monday 23 June. The awards are sponsored by EMH Group, Manchester Strategic Housing Partnership, Places for People, the Regenda Group, Wheatley Group and Your Housing Group. Last year over 700 people attended making it one of the largest award ceremonies in the social housing calendar.
Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Grainia Long said: “Congratulations to all the shortlisted finalists. The housing world is full of heroes, from frontline and back office housing professionals to board members and tenants, who are making a big difference in their neighbourhoods and communities. These awards aim to make sure they get the recognition they deserve for their energy, passion and dedication.”