Call to stop housing cheats, East Devon

PUBLISHED: 18:58 26 April 2010 | UPDATED: 01:11 16 June 2010

EAST Devon District Council calling on residents to help support a nationwide campaign to stop housing cheats – and report culprits.

EAST Devon District Council calling on residents to help support a nationwide campaign to stop housing cheats - and report culprits.

Housing officers are working hard to track down housing cheats, who use up valuable housing spaces which deprive those in greater need.

Members of the public can help because they can see what is going on in their neighbourhoods and can call EDDC.

The three most common types of housing fraud are: unlawful subletting - when a tenant lets out their council home without the knowledge or permission of their landlord; obtaining housing y deception - when a person gets a council home by giving false information in their application, for example not telling the landlord they are renting another council property elsewhere; and wrongly claimed succession - when someone, who is not entitled, tries to take over the tenancy from someone who has died.

Please contact EDDC:

> If you know that somebody has a home the landlord doesn't know about or has given false information in their housing application;

> Or if you suspect someone because you have seen them collect rent from your neighbours;

> Or if you are suspicious because the tenants of a property keep changing.

You can contact the Council on 01395 517 494, or email us at fraud@eastdevon.gov.uk.


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