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January
2014
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Leeds joins forces with Yorkshire and Humber region to banish tenancy fraud






Caption: The campaign poster that will be used regionally to encourage people to report tenancy fraud across the region



Leeds is working with councils across Yorkshire and Humber to raise awareness of tenancy fraud across the region.



A week long campaign running from Monday 3 February will encourage people to report tenancy fraud with the strapline “it’s not right and it’s not fair”.



In July 2013 Social Landlords in the region joined forces to create the Yorkshire & Humber Tenancy Fraud Forum (YHTFF) and launch a campaign to tackle tenancy fraud.



Through the tenancy fraud initiative, Leeds City Council has successfully recovered 119 council properties since 2008 from tenants who have been investigated.





Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, housing and support services said:

“The vast majority of tenants in Leeds behave within the rules and expect their neighbours to do the same. We will not stand for tenants committing fraud in Leeds as it is not right and not fair on those tenants that do follow the rules.



“When somebody with a council or housing association home rents it out without permission or obtains a home through providing false information, they are guilty of housing fraud. They are using up valuable housing spaces and depriving families and vulnerable people on the waiting list. In this small number of cases we will take action in order to make sure houses are available to people who need them.



“This week will hopefully highlight to the people of Leeds that they too can help in the fight to catch tenants behaving fraudulently.”



The council will be working closely with eight other housing association partners during the fraud awareness week including Chevin Housing, Home Group, Leeds Federated Housing Association, Places for People, Sanctuary Housing, Together Housing, Yorkshire Housing and Your Headrow.





To report tenancy fraud in Leeds, residents can call the below numbers



Belle Isle Tenant Management Organisation 0113 378 2188

South and South East 0113 378 1410

East and North East 0113 247 6681

West and North West 0113 378 2530





Notes to editors:



Across the UK it is estimated that 98,000 housing association and council homes are occupied by someone who should not live there or has obtained their tenancy fraudulently either by unlawful subletting, obtaining a home by deception or wrongly claiming succession after someone dies.



In July 2013 Social Landlords in the region joined forces to create the Yorkshire & Humber Tenancy Fraud Forum (YHTFF) and launch a campaign to tackle tenancy fraud.



For media enquiries, please contact;

Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk