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Illegally sub-let home rehouses domestic violence victim

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing

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A young woman fleeing domestic violence has been rehoused in a home that was reclaimed after being illegally sub-let.

In the last year, housing association Guinness South has managed to reclaim 76 properties that were subject to housing fraud.

Tenancy Investigations Manager Daniel Helps said: “We recently recovered a one-bedroomed home in London and were able to rehouse a young woman who was escaping an abusive relationship and had been living in a refuge.

"The woman’s support worker told us it is like seeing a completely new person; it has made a tremendous difference to see her have stability and now have the opportunity to move forward with her life. This is a great example of what makes my job worthwhile.

“Working in partnership with the police and local authority fraud teams, the recovered properties included those that had been illegally sub-let, where tenancies had been obtained by deception (obtained with false information or counterfeit identification) or where succession claims had been applied for and subsequently proven false.

"Using intelligence from various sources and government agencies has aided our investigations and, in addition to the properties we recovered, we were able to identify over £50,000 of benefit fraud.”

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