Beware tenants, it is a criminal offence to sublet your social housing property and the Council will not take too lightly to this.
Under the Social Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013, unlawful subletting of a social housing property became a criminal offence, and whilst Housing Associations cannot initiate proceedings themselves, they can most definitely authorise a Local Authority to act on their behalf.
This is something a former London & Quadrant tenant knows all too well. Along with benefit fraud charges, the former tenant pleaded guilty to subletting her L&Q Edmonton flat. She was ordered to undertake 250 hours of unpaid work, as well as receiving a 16 months sentence, suspended for two years.
Enfield Council became the first Local Authority nationally to successfully use the new legislation. Cllr Ahmet Oykener, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Estate Regeneration said, ‘Subletting a council property denies housing to those most in need in the borough, and also lines the pockets of fraudsters who often let to unsuspecting people, who can then find themselves homeless when the fraud is discovered.’