Housing cheats take homes from honest
- Some people are lying to get Social Housing that they are not
- Some Tenants are subletting their homes to make themselves
- Social Housing properties are being left empty.
There are lots of people in need of safe, secure, affordable
housing in Bedford. If we can deal with tenancy fraud issues,
we can make sure that the people that need these homes get them and
the people that are abusing the system are stopped.
What’s the issue?
Social Housing Fraud is an area of real concern to local
Councils and Social Landlords. In 2012 it was reported that
at least 2-4% of all social housing is subject to some form of
Tenancy Fraud, nationally this equates to around 100,000 homes
Whilst these abuses within the social housing stock are going on
there is also a growing demand for safe and secure housing.
People are finding it increasingly hard to find homes, whether this
be people being able to buy their own home, privately rent or
secure Social Housing, there is a demand for housing that currently
Homeless populations across the country are increasing,
including in Bedford and the best way to address this issue is to
ensure that all Councils and Housing Associations are making best
use of their available properties and ensuring that these are not
being abused by those wanting to make money out of the situation or
leaving properties empty whilst others cannot find a home.
By dealing with Tenancy Fraud within Bedford Borough we aim to
recover properties that have been obtained falsely, are being
sublet or where tenants are breaching their tenancy
conditions. These homes will then be made available to people
of Bedford who are in need safe, secure and affordable housing.
Bedford Borough Council are working in partnership with BPHA to
address these issues and target those individuals that are choosing
to abuse the system.