6 February 2017
6th February to 10th February 2017 is Housing Fraud Awareness Week in Yorkshire and Humber. Veritau, along with local authorities and social landlords, will be campaigning to increase public awareness of frauds that take advantage of social housing.
Veritau, the team who investigate fraud on behalf of Richmondshire District Council, Selby District Council, City of York Council, Broadacres Housing Association, Home Group and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, work closely with housing providers to deal with allegations of tenancy fraud such as:
Abandonment of council properties
Providing false information when applying for housing
Falsely trying to undertake a Right to Buy
Accepting money to complete a property exchange
Housing fraud can be prosecuted resulting in a criminal record. Fraudsters may also lose their council home if they misuse it or can be removed from waiting lists if they mislead or fail to inform housing providers of changes that may affect an application for housing.
Those who commit housing fraud deprive others in need of housing and cost our communities nearly £1 billion a year. As a result, legislation was introduced in 2013 giving investigators additional powers to gather information and for housing providers to seek recovery of unlawful profits made by tenancy fraudsters.
Veritau are a member of the Yorkshire and Humber Tenancy Fraud Forum; a group of fraud professionals that strive to tackle those who abuse the housing system. You can follow the work done by fraud teams in the region by searching #housingcheats. You can also follow the work of Veritau on facebook and twitter using the links below.
 Reported by the Chartered Institute of Housing