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Housing fraud clampdown sees local authority win back a house a week

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Housing fraud clampdown sees local authority win back a house a week

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Housing, Legal

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A local authority is claiming back one property a week from housing cheats after starting a clampdown on tenancy fraud.

Hillingdon Council's crackdown has led to more than 50 properties being returned to its housing stock over the last year, after tenants have been caught illegally sub-letting or no longer living on the premises.

Once the council has reclaimed the property it means those in genuine need can be helped and given permanent accommodation.

Cllr Jonathan Bianco said: “We take a very dim view of anyone trying to cheat the system and we will use all powers available to reclaim money or property fraudulently claimed from us. We will act upon every piece of information we receive and take action to make sure these people are caught.

"Our corporate fraud investigation team has an excellent track record of reclaiming these properties and with the help of residents we can continue to do so. If you have any suspicions about a property; whether you think it isn't being lived in by the tenant, or that it is empty, please let us know."

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