Crooked grandmother evicted from council home
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Housing, Legal
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A woman who fraudulently claimed £42,000 in benefits has been evicted from her council home.
A judge gave Croydon Council the go-ahead to repossess Theresa Aldous’s home in Kenley and also ordered her to pay back £8,673 in rent arrears.
The crook was sentenced to six months’ jail in April 2012 for lying to the authorities in order to claim widow’s benefit, despite remarrying. She also lied to claim housing benefit on a council house in which she no longer lived.
The 64-year-old grandmother failed to tell the council she had moved out of the house and was letting her daughter live there as a sub-tenant, effectively rent-free.
She also failed to disclose in an application for benefits a £19,000 inheritance she received when her husband died.
Croydon Council will next month launch an amnesty for tenants illegally subletting their homes as part of a drive to crack down on tenancy fraud.
They will be allowed to hand back their keys anonymously during February, with the promise that no action will be taken against them.
The amnesty campaign will warn people that illegal subletting is now a criminal offence, punishable by a prison sentence and a fine.
Councillor Dudley Mead, cabinet member for housing, said: “As we launch our amnesty campaign, this case illustrates that not only will fraudsters end up in jail, but they will lose their home too.
“Thanks to this court result, it means we have freed up a home for a family that really needs one.”