In June we displayed our comprehensive anti-fraud services to exhibition visitors about how we could help them combat and reduce the specific problem of Tenancy Fraud.
Tenancy Fraud is a significant problem in the Social Housing sector with estimates of up to 160,000 properties unlawfully occupied nationwide. This adversely affects both the public purse and Social Landlords’ ability to effectively manage housing stock.
Tenancy Fraud includes unauthorised subletting, obtaining a property by deception, succession fraud and unauthorised assignment. These kinds of tenancy misuse have historically been difficult for landlords to deal with as it can be hard to obtain the evidence necessary to successfully prove that a tenant is not living at an address or has sublet their property. Our expertise as investigators combined with our experience means we have the capability and knowledge necessary to deal effectively with a wide variety of tenancy fraud related issues including anti social behaviour.
Neal Wells, Tremark’s anti- fraud housing specialist commented “The exhibition was an ideal opportunity to directly talk to Housing Association and Council representatives about their housing stock concerns and how we can professionally help them tackle these issues. For example we provide a comprehensive Tenancy Fraud service – from fraud awareness staff training, identification of properties at high risk, through to investigation and evidence gathering all the way to enforcement and court appearances by trained professional witnesses.”
“We were delighted that over three days many people visited our stand” confirmed Mark Hodgson, Tremark’s MD “Our message was very clear – Tenancy Fraud puts housing stock at risk and we can help control it.”