Tenancy fraud is someone illegally living in a property they are not entitled to. It stops people who are waiting for a property from getting a home.
You have committed tenancy fraud if you:
We ask everyone for identification when they sign their tenancy agreement. We regularly visit tenants in their homes and confirm the identities of everyone who lives there.
We work with other registered housing providers and agencies to detect tenancy fraud. We do this when we are legally required to or have information-sharing agreements.
We investigate all reports of tenancy fraud.
Because it is a crime, if you are found guilty of tenancy fraud you:
If you are found guilty of illegally subletting your home, you can get an unlawful profit order issued against you. This means you will have to pay us any profit you made from subletting your home.
If you think someone in your area is subletting their home or living somewhere else, you can let us know. We will keep your report confidential.
To report tenancy fraud, you can:
Benefit fraud is a crime but it is not a type of tenancy fraud. Find out how to report benefit fraud.
We are part of the National Fraud Initiative that works with other government bodies to detect and prevent fraud.
We send data to the Cabinet Office. They compare and match it with data from other public and private sector bodies to identify and investigate potential fraud. Find out more about the private sector data specifications.
The Cabinet Office’s data matching exercise: