Landlords crack down on tenancy fraud
STROUD District Council is cracking down on people who are illegally occupying social housing ahead of Tenancy Fraud Awareness Week.
Across the UK it is estimated that 98,000 housing association and council homes are occupied by someone who should not live there or has obtained their tenancy fraudulently either by unlawful subletting, obtaining a home by deception or wrongly claiming succession after someone dies.
To combat the issue social landlords across the county created the Gloucestershire Tenancy Fraud Forum (GTFF).
Kevin Topping, Stroud District Council’s tenancy manager and chairman of the GTFF said: “There isn’t enough social housing to meet the needs of people who genuinely need it so we have to make sure that it is occupied by those who are legally entitled to it.
As part of Tenancy Fraud Awareness Week SDC’s’s community bus will be in King Street, Stroud between 11.30am and 4pm on Monday to raise awareness and record any possible cases of tenancy fraud that require further investigation.
Anyone wishing to report someone they suspect of committing tenancy fraud should call 01453 754876 or report it confidentially at www.tellustoday.co.uk.
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