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Tenancy fraud

Tenancy fraud stops people who really need homes from finding affordable places to live. You can help us tackle tenancy fraud by reporting unauthorised subletting and other tenancy breaches.

Fraud is, by definition, a crime and shouldn’t be tolerated. Tenancy fraud against social landlords or local authorities impacts society as a whole by taking money and resources from public funds. And, crucially, it reduces the number of affordable homes available to people who really need them.

Did you know?

Tenancy fraud cost UK taxpayers an estimated £1.8bn in 2013-16

Source: Annual Fraud Indicator, 2017

Types of tenancy fraud


Subletting all or part of a home – eg renting out a property, including through Airbnb, estate agents or third parties; moving out of a property and allowing family or friends to live in it; selling the keys to a property.

Application fraud

Using false information or documents to obtain a property – eg deliberately providing false information on a housing application.

Succession fraud

Taking over a tenancy unlawfully – eg falsely claiming to live with a social housing resident in order to take over a property after their death.

Right to Buy fraud

Submitting a false Right to Buy application – eg not living in a social housing property but trying to buy it.

How you can help

Let us know if you suspect tenancy fraud in your neighbourhood, so we can work with other agencies to take action against residents committing offences. Any information you supply will be treated confidentially.

Report tenancy fraud



Subletting is when you let all or part of your home to someone else.


Antisocial behaviour

Clarion Housing can support residents experiencing anti-social behaviour, and take actions to prevent it.