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Stamping out housing fraud

Posted 01 September 2017   |   By Verity Calderbank

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case to the Department of Work and Pensions and a range of benefits that were being claimed fraudulently have now been withdrawn.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.

You can report housing fraud confidentially through the online form here or you can call freephone 0808 901 9300 or email housing.fraud@stockporthomes.org

More information is available here 

 

SH-Marketing

Hi Benni, I would advise that you discuss your housing situation with our Homechoice team who can be contacted on 0161 217 6016 or email homechoice@stockporthomes.org

Benni

I am on ESA due to mental and physical, long term health issues. I am unable to ever work. They award points for people who work, volunteer, or are in training. I cannot do any of those, so people who ARE able bodied get more points that I do.
I do get medical points but I still have nowhere near enough total points to ever get rehoused; I have been bidding for two years and at least thirty people are in front of me every week. I am probably never going to get rehoused. It is not as if Im being overly fussy about properties; I cannot go for stairs for example.

I even had a wonderful doctors letter saying that my current home is no longer suitable and also making me more ill, and I only got a measly 10 points. It is unfair that people who CANNOT work or volunteer get less points than those who CAN. I am a clean, quiet and decent middle aged woman, non smoker, no pets or children. I had landlords sing my praises in the past yet this counts for nothing. I also have the most excellent references, yet I am stuck with terrible neighbours and two flights of stairs that I can no longer manage; with no chance of ever getting out. I cannot afford private either as the shortfall in rent is out of my reach.

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