5. Council housing fraud

You’re likely to lose your tenancy and you could lose your right to council housing in the future if you’re caught committing housing fraud.

You may be fined or sent to prison if the fraud is serious.

Housing fraud includes:

  • not telling the truth when applying for a property - eg claiming to have children when you don’t
  • sub-letting a property without permission
  • living in a property after someone has died without the right to do so

How councils check for housing fraud

Councils will check:

  • a tenant’s housing record against other records - eg Housing Benefit or the Electoral Roll
  • that the genuine tenant lives at the property - eg asking to see the tenant’s passport and tenancy agreement

Checks can happen at any time during a tenancy, without any warning.

Report suspected housing fraud

Most councils have a telephone number for people to report suspicious behaviour. You don’t have to give your name or address when reporting suspected fraud.