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Fighting Fraud

SARH is committed to working with customers and the community to tackle fraudsters who can deprive families and individuals who are in genuine need of an affordable home.

Housing fraud includes making false statements on housing applications and subletting, where a tenant rents out their home, or part of it, to someone else. It’s also fraud if anyone falsely claims they’ve been living with a close relative in a housing association property who has passed away, in order to gain the tenancy.

Anyone convicted of these offences can face severe penalties, from eviction and fines or even a prison sentence. A resulting criminal record can severely impact on job opportunities and the chance of finding a home in the future. Most importantly though, such activity reduces the number of affordable homes that are available for local people who really need them. Furthermore, when properties are sublet it can lead to an increase in anti-social behaviour that reduces the quality of life for everyone in the neighbourhood.

Nationally, it’s estimated that at least 100,000 housing association homes are affected by some form of tenancy fraud – but together we can fight the fraudsters. The money that’s saved can then be re-invested in more affordable homes and improvements to our existing stock.

Here are a few pointers on spotting fraud and if you have any suspicions you can report them in confidence.

You can ask yourself:

  • Has there been a suspicious change of occupants at a neighbouring property?
  • Do you notice any unusual activity in the neighbourhood?
  • Have you overheard any suggestion that a home is being sublet?
  • Does the neighbouring property appear to be empty?
  • Does a neighbour live in more than one place?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, please get in touch!

Tel: 0800 111 4554

Email: housing@sarh.co.uk

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