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Tenancy fraud

As part of a crackdown on people committing housing tenancy fraud, the council has been targeting anyone not living in their council property.

Since the project started in April 2011, 39 properties where tenants were sub-letting their property or had allowed others to occupy it illegally have been reclaimed by the council. This means that residents on the housing waiting list have been able to move in to permanent housing rather than living in temporary homes.

To date, reclaiming the properties has saved the council around £1/2 million (The Audit Commission estimates that £18,000 is saved for each property reclaimed). This has led to the local authority being recognised across the country for its success.

The council's 'Blow the whistle on housing cheats' campaign has also helped identify fraudsters thanks to residents calling in with their concerns. Data-matching across different organisations also helps us catch fraudsters.

Anyone who suspects someone of illegal sub-letting can call 0800 389 8313 anonymously or email fraud@hillingdon.gov.uk. All tip-offs will be investigated and if there is a case, we will look to prosecute.

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