In our effort to meet the demand for housing, it's important for us to take cases of tenancy fraud and unauthorised occupants seriously.
Tenancy fraud can take place in numerous ways, such as:
- An unauthorised occupant resides in the property
- A resident fails to occupy the property as their only and principal home
- False information is provided in order to obtain an occupancy agreement.
An unauthorised occupant can be:
- A lodger, partner or family member who remains in occupation after the resident has vacated or dies and is not pursuing the right to succeed
- A sub-tenant who rents the whole of the property from a tenant (unlawful subletting)
- A sub-tenant or lodger who occupies part of the property without the tenant obtaining written permission (breach of tenancy) – see lodger permission rules
- A sub-tenant who rents part or the whole of the property from a leaseholder without the leaseholder obtaining written permission, as specified by the terms of the lease
- Someone who is assigned a tenancy without our permission.