South Ulster Housing Association recognises that Tenancy Fraud exists and is committed to tackling this problem to prevent the fraudulent misuse of the Association’s housing stock.
There are different types of Housing fraud, some of the most common include:
- Obtaining a house by deception; whereby a person provides false information on their housing application form to improve their chances of obtaining a property.
- Unlawfully sub-letting; where a tenant lets out their home to someone who is not entitled to live there without the knowledge or consent of the Association.
- Tenancy Succession by deception; when the tenant passes away and an ineligible person succeeds the tenancy who does not meet the criteria to do so.
- Non-occupation of the property; when the tenant does not occupy the property or ceases to occupy the property and it is left empty.
South Ulster Housing Association wants to ensure that Tenancy Fraud does not happen and we actively carry out checks at any time during a person’s tenancy without warning to complete a Tenancy Audit. The purpose of the Tenancy Audit is to verify that the individuals occupying the property matches the details held on their file.
The Assocaition requires the help of local communities, as local residents may know or suspect that someone is committing Tenancy Fraud. If you suspect someone is committing Tenancy Fraud then contact the Association either online at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 028 38 339795. All reports will be treated in the strictest confidence and the Association will investigate the suspected fraud and take appropriate action if necessary.
Recovering a property that is being used fraudently allows it to be relet to another household on the waiting list and to be used for the correct purposes and by those in genuine need.