Council tenant received 200 hour work order for subletting

by Property 118

11:55 AM, 16th October 2017
About 2 years ago

Council tenant received 200 hour work order for subletting

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Council tenant received 200 hour work order for subletting

Subletting a private landlord’s property without permission is breaking the tenancy contract and permits action to evict the tenant. However, if a tenant sublets a council owned property without permission then this is actually a criminal offence.

Suzie Litanda recently pleaded guilty at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court to twice subletting her council flat between December 2013 and September 2016. This was while Suzie she was living with her mother in another council property, a four bedroom house. The council flat was then sublet for £850 a month.

Under the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013 Suzie Litanda was ordered to repay the profit made on subletting the flat (approximately £19,000), undertake 200 hours of unpaid work and £600 in additional costs.

Camden Council, Cllr Meric Apak. said: “At a time of widespread calls for a national council house building programme, as many families struggle to find or afford suitable homes, it is both illegal and inexcusable for people to be profiting from subletting council homes that could be used by a family in need.

“I want to assure Camden residents we are committed to building a range of social and affordable housing through our Community Investment Programme and keeping our current council homes out of the hands of profiteers by taking those we suspect of breaking the rules to court.”

Therefore, there is a disparity in the law for the same offence depending on whether you are a council or private landlord.


Ian Narbeth

12:46 PM, 16th October 2017
About 2 years ago

Can we have a Prevention of Private Housing Fraud Act please?

Gary Nock

17:01 PM, 16th October 2017
About 2 years ago

Or an offence of "criminal damage" to a trashed property Ian, or even "obtaining housing services by deception and not paying the landlord" that are actionable through the criminal courts. Steal a £1 chocolate bar. It's theft. Live in a house rent free for 6 months it's a "civil matter"

Chris Daniel

14:34 PM, 21st October 2017
About 2 years ago

Its not just Sub-letting that's biased against the PRS in favour of the Social rented sector, its also the Energy E rating from April 2018, applicable Only to the PRS, enforced by Local Authorities who may well have properties rented to social tenants that are below E rating !
I've written to my MP about this.

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