Alliance formed to fight tenancy fraud
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Legal
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ALMO Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing has joined forces with analytics firm Coactiva to fight tenancy fraud.
STRH will use Coactiva's ThreeSixty Online solution to investigate individuals that are suspected of subletting their home, providing false information at the point of application or not using their social housing address as their main place of residence.
Managing 4,200 of Shropshire Council's homes, STRH will also use ThreeSixty Online to minimise rent arrears by tracing ‘gone-away’ former tenant debtors and then determine the most effective course of debt recovery action required.
Martin Whitelegg, STRH's Bridgnorth senior neighbourhood officer, said: “We take a zero-tolerance approach to tenancy fraud and we are keen to use all available tools to help ensure that our homes are only allocated to those who are eligible.
“ThreeSixty Online has allowed us to identify and take action against the minority of our tenants that commit fraud by providing false information at the point of application or failing to use our property as their main place of residence.”
Coactiva's Andrew Davis added: “Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing’s success in tackling tenancy fraud in partnership with Coactiva is helping to dispel the myth that social housing tenancy fraud occurs only in densely populated urban locations.
“Coactiva is delighted that Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing has become the latest organisation in the West Midlands to be using our powerful tools to stop fraudsters and help protect the public purse.”