Govt may support jail for tenants who sublet

by Daniel Jones

Ministers could be about to give landlords a hand when it comes to their tenancy agreements, after suggesting that people who illegally sublet their properties could face jail in future.

Adactus Housing Association recently estimated that tenants who rent out their home to others can make more than £2,500 per year, and the organisation has launched a new system to catch the cheats.

People who contact the association now have to answer a series of security questions to prove they are living in the property legitimately, hopefully catching out those who are not on a tenancy agreement.

Speaking about the issue, housing minister Grant Shapps said recently: "Social housing is really precious and it's not right that tenancy fraud and abuse locks out some of the most vulnerable families from getting a roof over their heads."

It follows reports in the News Post Leader that more residents in the Hodgsons Road Estate in Blyth, Northumberland are demanding improvements to their homes.

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Published on: August 22, 2011

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