- Not telling the truth when applying for a property
When a person gets a council or housing association property by giving false information in their application they are committing housing fraud. They also commit fraud if they do not tell the council about changes in their circumstances.
- Renting out (sub-letting) a property without permission
When a tenant rents out their council property without the knowledge or permission of the council they are 'unlawfully sub-letting'.
For example, the tenant continues to pay rent directly to the council but charges a higher rate to the person they are sub-letting to. The tenant (who should be living in the property) then keeps the extra money.
- Living in a property after someone has died without the right to do so
When a tenant dies, fraud happens if someone continues to live in the property without notifying the council. The tenancy can sometimes pass to another family member, this is called 'succession', but the council will decide.