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Housing and tenancy fraud

Last updated on: 09-Apr-2021

4. What is right to buy fraud?

Right to buy fraud happens when you might apply for a discount to purchase your council home and you:

  • Give us false information
  • Have unlawfully applied for the discount where the property has been subject to tenancy fraud such as sub-letting
  • Have entered into an agreement with a third party to buy the property on your behalf for a cash incentive

There are companies and individuals that offer tenants money to apply to buy the home on your behalf. You must not enter into this type of deal. Some tenants have ended up homeless through this. If you enter into this type of agreement, you will have to repay the discount. Any money that you make is unlikely to be enough to buy another home, and we will not provide you with another tenancy.

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 Right to Buy Fraud

  • Has the person entered into an agreement with a third party to buy the property on their behalf?
  • Do you know the name of the third party or the company involved?
  • Do you know the address of the third party or company?
  • Do you know what their agreement is?
  • Do you know whether the occupant intends to remain in the property after the purchase?


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