Subletting

We will find out and you could go to prison!

If you know that someone is subletting a council property help us to stop it by giving us information that we can use to be able to take action. You can report subletting by completing an online form available below:

Alternatively, you can email tenancyfraud@stevenage.gov.uk or call 01438 242666. This will be in complete confidence. All reports will be investigated and action will be taken to ensure that only our tenants live in our properties.

If you would like to report subletting or a property not being lived in outside of normal working hours you can call 01438 242586, please provide the address that you are concerned about and any information that you have that will help us carry out an investigation.

Subletting your entire home is not allowed and is in breach of your tenancy contract. Subletting stops tenants that need a home being able to move to a larger property or for new tenants to have a tenancy.

Stevenage Borough Council has 8,300 properties, and there are currently 4,490 applicants on the housing register waiting for housing. If a property is being sublet this is one less property that we are able to allocate to someone that needs it.

We are working hard to investigate subletting and this has led to a number of properties being handed back to the Council as we were able to prove that the people occupying the property were not the legal tenants.

Subletting social housing is normally treated as a civil offence, meaning it cannot attract a custodial sentence. However a small number of councils have been successful in using the Fraud Act to bring prosecutions, which can lead to a prison term.

Help us to stop subletting

Online

Report subletting

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Income and Tenancy Officers

Contact us

Tenancy Fraud
Daneshill House
Danestrete
Stevenage
Herts
SG1 1HN

tenancyfraud@stevenage.gov.uk
01438 242666