Social landlord starts key amnesty to battle housing fraud
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Legal
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A social landlord is giving tenants who are renting out their homes illegally the chance to hand back their keys - or face prosecution.
Phoenix Community Housing wants to ensure that all of its 5,500 properties are occupied by genuine tenants.
Illegal subletters now have until early July to fess up without the fear of legal action.
Tenants found guilty of unauthorised subletting could face up to two years' imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5,000.
Chief executive Jim Ripley said: “There’s a desperate shortage of social housing in Lewisham, in London and across the country. We have a duty to ensure that our properties are being occupied by genuine tenants.
“Illegal subletting is not only a fraudulent way of making a profit, it also prevents families with housing need from enjoying a good quality home.
“I hope those who are letting their properties without permission will now do the right thing and hand back their keys. We won’t hesitate to take legal action if they don’t. I also hope other residents will support our efforts to tackle housing fraud and get in touch if they suspect any of their neighbours aren’t genuine tenants.”