FOI Request - Housing Tenancy Fraud

Request 101000129834

  1. What policies your local authority has in place to identify and deal with housing tenancy fraud?
  2. How many fraudulent housing tenants were successfully removed from local authority housing in each of the last 5 calendar years?

Response 21-03-2013

(1)  The Council's Housing Allocation Policy which makes it clear that if applicants give false or misleading information then we may take enforcement action against them which could lead to us evicting them from a council tenancy obtained by fraud.

The Council's Homelessness Policy which incorporates a statutory provision which makes it a criminal offence for anyone to knowingly give false or misleading information to obtain a tenancy and warns applicants that we will take action if this is uncovered.

Section 40 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987, as amended states that it is a criminal offence to provide false and misleading information to obtain housing.

(2)  No cases.

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