Posted on 24 June 2021
Illegal subletter living abroad told to pay over £81,000
Back in October 2019, during a routine repairs call, our suspicions were raised about an illegal sub-letting in one of our properties in Lambeth. Subletting is when a resident is charging someone else to live there under their own terms, often for a huge profit.
We immediately investigated the issue and found out that the established tenant had been living abroad for many years, in a home he owned, but was still claiming benefits in the UK. He even contacted us asking us not to seek possession of the property, as he needed the tenancy to be able to claim his benefits.
We take illegal subletting extremely seriously, and so we sought a financial judgement for the unlawful arrears and profit. The illegal subletting had been going on since at least 2014, which meant that once the judge was satisfied, the former tenant was ordered to pay £81,000.
Tenancy Team Manager, Bankole Payne said: “This case demonstrates our tenacity in pursuing this case, despite the challenges involved when investigating and obtaining appropriate evidence. Well done to the Tenancy Enforcement team on working so hard in bringing this case to a successful conclusion!”
Illegal subletting of one of our properties, means that a home that could be occupied by a family in need, is instead being used for immoral and corrupt reasons. It goes directly against our mission of providing a home for everyone. If you suspect this is happening near you, we urge you to get in touch with us right away.
Bankole also said:
“This successful outcome demonstrates the team’s commitment in pursuing tenancy fraud cases – which is vital given the high demand for social housing. The two-bedroom property will now be available to let again to a more deserving family in need.”
Our residents are the eyes and ears of our estates. If you suspect a case of illegal subletting, report it. You can contact the Customer Services team on 0800 3282 282 or via our contact us page.