Council tenant evicted in fraud case

28 Sep 2015

Stevenage Borough Council has evicted a tenant after discovering evidence a council home was being sublet fraudulently.

The resident, from the Symonds Green area, was interviewed under caution on 5 August because the council believed tenancy fraud had been committed.
The tenant was in arrears with his rent payment and there was evidence linking different people to the one-bedroom property. The council received statements that the tenant was not living in the property and had rented it out. After investigation the tenant was evicted on 16 September.

Councillor Ann Webb, Executive Member for Housing, said: “Tenancy fraud is a criminal offence. When somebody with a council home rents it out without our permission or obtains a home through providing false information, they are guilty of tenancy fraud and we will work hard to make sure justice prevails. They are using up valuable housing spaces and depriving families and vulnerable people on the housing waiting list. I want to reassure our valued tenants that we will not tolerate tenancy fraud.”

Stevenage Borough Council works in partnership with the Shared Anti-Fraud Service (SAFS) to target fraudulent activity. You can report suspected tenancy fraud by emailing tenancyfraud@stevenage.gov.uk  or by visiting our Customer Service Centre.

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