Tackling tenancy fraud
In April 2015, bpha and Bedford Borough Council’s Investigations Service set out on a joint working programme to identify and stop social housing abuse and fraud.
Since then, the programme has led to the recovery of 62 properties and raised almost £14,000 in Unlawful Profit Orders.
By investigating these cases the council has assisted bpha in the recovery of these properties so that they can be reallocated to people most in need within the Bedford area.
Cases investigated so far include situations where tenants have failed to declare that they owned property both in the UK and overseas, commercial subletting of properties and tenants leaving properties and allowing family members to move in.
Tenancy fraud is a criminal offence and the council will take legal action against those who lie to obtain housing, or abuse the social housing scheme.
Recently, the Investigation Service identified a number of cases where tenants had moved overseas to places like the Caribbean, Poland and the USA, in all of these cases the properties were successfully recovered.
“Since the recovery of these properties, these homes have been reallocated to people in most need, including disabled applicants and those who were homeless.”
George Parkinson, Head of Housing Operations at bpha, said: “Since the recovery of these properties, these homes have been reallocated to people in the most need, including disabled applicants and those who were homeless.
“Some of these properties have also been made available to existing tenants needing to downsize, or those in need of larger properties.”
To continue this good work, bpha and the council need the input of residents.
Please let us know if you’re aware of someone sub-letting their bpha property, no longer living in their property, or if someone who has lied in order to get a property.
Alternatively, you can speak to your Home Agent or call 0330 100 0272.