HOUSING FRAUD AWARENESS WEEK
- Published: Monday, 06 February 2017 10:04
A campaign to increase public awareness of frauds that take advantage of social housing is being backed by Richmondshire District Council.
Housing Fraud Awareness Week takes places next week (6 – 10 February) across the Yorkshire and Humber region.
Veritau, the team that investigates fraud on behalf of the district council, works closely with authority officers to deal with allegations of tenancy fraud including:
- Abandonment of council properties
- Providing false information when applying for housing
- Falsely trying to undertake a Right to Buy
- Accepting money to complete a property exchange
Housing fraud can be prosecuted resulting in a criminal record. Fraudsters may also lose their council home if they misuse it - or can be removed from the council’s waiting list if they mislead or fail to inform the council of changes that may affect a housing application.
“People who commit housing fraud deprive others in need of housing and cost the UK’s communities nearly £1 billion a year,” said Councillor Ian Threlfall, Spokesperson for Operational Services
“As a result, legislation was introduced in 2013 giving investigators additional powers to gather information and allowing councils to seek recovery of unlawful profits made by tenancy fraudsters.”
- Veritau is a member of the Yorkshire and Humber Tenancy Fraud Forum, a group of fraud professionals that strive to tackle those who abuse the housing system. To follow the work done by fraud teams in the region search #housingcheats.