When somebody with a council or housing association home rents it out without permission or obtains a home through providing false information, they are guilty of housing fraud. They are using up valuable social housing accommodation and depriving families and vulnerable people on the Homechoice register.
Recently, following a 3 month housing fraud investigation a tenant has now terminated their tenancy and handed back the keys. This property has been re-let to somebody from the housing register who was truly in need. The Cabinet Office estimates that each property recovered saves approximately £23,250 per year so this is a great result.
As well as this huge saving, we referred the case to the Department of Work and Pensions and a range of benefits that were being claimed fraudulently have now been withdrawn. The Department of Work and Pensions have also requested repayment of over £800 of housing benefit that the tenant had fraudulently claimed. So not only has this had a positive outcome for Stockport Homes, but also for wider government organisations and the public purse.
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