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Housing and tenancy fraud

Last updated on: 09-Apr-2021

2. What is housing fraud?

Housing fraud happens when you might apply to us for a house and you submit your application with false or misleading information. This would be to gain a tenancy that you wouldn't have otherwise been granted or to gain the tenancy ahead of those in more urgent need.

The following questions may help you help us but don't worry if you don't know all the answers. Any information you do have could still be useful.

Suspected Housing Fraud

Has the person applying for housing got a partner living with them (that they haven't told us about)?

  • Do you know the partner's name?
  • How long have they been there?
  • What do they look like?
  • Do they work?  Where?
  • What hours do they do?
  • What sort of work is it?
  • Do they drive to work or get picked up by someone?
  • If they drive, what sort of vehicle do they use?
  • What is the registration number?  Make?  Model?  Colour?
  • Does the partner own another property or have a tenancy elsewhere?

Has the person applying for housing lied about the number of children they have?

  • How many children do you think reside at the address?
  • Do you know where they go to school?
  • If they reside at another address, do you know where?
  • Do the children reside with another parent or relative?

Has the person lied about being homeless or do they already own a property or have a tenancy elsewhere?

  • What is the address of the property?
  • Do they own the property?
  • Is the property rented? Who from?
  • Is the tenancy in a partner or other relatives name?

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