Freeing up council homes with tenant fraud ‘amnesty’

Brighton and Hove
Brighton and Hove

Six families will be housed in suitable council homes after a ‘tenancy fraud amnesty’ by Brighton and Hove City Council.

The amnesty ran throughout December and January, and offered tenants illegally subletting their homes or keeping a council house while living elsewhere, the chance to hand their properties back to the council without fear of legal action.

It brings the total of council homes recovered from tenancy fraud this financial year to 20.

Councillor Anne Meadows, chair of the housing and new homes committee, said: “There is a huge demand for housing in the city and it’s fantastic that the amnesty has freed up six homes that can now go to residents who need them. It has allowed us to get these homes back quickly without the additional costs of legal action. Tenancy fraud deprives residents in housing need at a huge cost to the city and we will continue to do all we can to tackle it.”