Illegally sublet social home repossessed
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Legal
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A Manchester-based housing association has regained possession of one of its properties which was being unlawfully sublet by a tenant.
During a recent tenancy audit at the property in Gorton, Eastlands Homes' housing officers discovered that the person living in the house could not provide any identification to show they were the tenant that rented the property in the first place.
Following further investigations, it was established that the tenant had left the country without informing Eastlands Homes and was subletting the property to a young mother at a far higher rent than that charged by the social landlord.
The original tenancy was terminated following a Notice to Quit and Eastlands now has possession of the property.
The 8,000-home provider has said checks will continue to be made to ensure that only the legal tenants occupy its properties.
Sheila Doran, Eastlands' chief executive, said: “We have hundreds of people waiting for homes and for them to be denied housing because of this type of fraud is totally unacceptable."