Council saves £500k in subletting crack down
A London council has reclaimed 36 of its properties that were unlawfully sublet in a little over a year following a crack down.
Hillingdon Council estimates it has saved £500,000 by taking back properties since April 2011.
Initiatives include its ‘Blow the whistle on housing cheats’ campaign, which encourages residents to alert the council if they think a home is being unlawfully sublet.
Philip Corthorne, cabinet member for social care, health and housing, in Hillingdon, said: ‘People who illegally sub-let local authority tenancies are denying those residents in real need of a home. In Hillingdon this is something we will not tolerate and anyone caught faces losing their property for good.’
Corporate fraud manager Garry Coote said: ‘Every call or tip-off that is made to my team is investigated and we will push to reclaim any property that isn’t being lived in by the correct people.’