Tenancy fraud amnesty

Tenancy fraud amnesty graphic

1 December 2016 – 31 January 2017

It’s illegal to sublet council or housing association accommodation or keep your social housing tenancy when you are living elsewhere.

During the amnesty, hand your keys back to us and no action will be taken against you for tenancy fraud.

You can hand them in at Bartholomew House, Portslade Town Hall, the Whitehawk Community Hub or the Lavender Street office.

You will need to leave the property empty of all belongings and occupants, and sign a surrender notice. We will only accept a surrender notice where all occupants have left.

We’ll be carrying out a data-matching exercise in the new year to identify illegal subletting and where people are not using their council tenancy as their main home. We will take action against any housing fraud we uncover after January 2017.

Tenancy fraud keeps homes away from the people who need them more.

We have very high demand for housing and high numbers of residents in temporary and emergency accommodation in the city. Getting back as many properties as possible as quickly as possible helps us make sure our housing goes to those most in need. Having properties returned also helps the council reduce its costs.

Call Housing Customer Services on 01273 293030 or by emailing housing.customerservices@brighton-hove.gov.uk for further information.

If you suspect someone isn’t living in their council house or is subletting it, report it to us in confidence by calling 01273 291847 or emailing anti-fraud@brighton-hove.gov.uk.