Tenancy fraud amnesty

Tenancy amnesty graphic

We ran a second amnesty for tenancy fraud between 3 April and 31 May.

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

During the amnesty, you could hand your keys back to us without action being taken against you for tenancy fraud.

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

Tenancy fraud keeps homes away from the people who need them more. National figures suggest that it costs the public purse £18,000 a year for each property.

Six families were rehomed through the first amnesty we ran in the winter of 2016/17. The six homes returned included two three-bedroom and two two-bedroom properties.

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.

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.