Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013: impact assessment

Document type
Impact Assessment
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Department for Communities and Local Government
Dept. for Communities and Local Government
Date of publication
1 October 2013
Legislation, Housing and Homelessness
Social welfare
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Latest estimates suggest that there are around 98,000 unlawfully occupied social homes in England. This prevents social landlords from allocating them to those people in genuine need. There is currently a lack of adequate deterrent to tenants to abuse their tenancy, and social landlords have inadequate powers of investigation, often finding it hard to detect and prosecute social housing fraudsters. Government intervention is needed to increase both the penalties for social housing fraud and social landlords' investigatory powers. The government's preferred option is to criminalise unauthorised sub-letting of social housing and increase local authorities’ access to data.

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