Home reallocated after investigation

Kevin Snow29th October 2013

A Watford property has now been allocated to somebody who is in genuine need of social housing following a joint fraud investigation by Watford and Three Rivers Councils.

A member of the public informed the Councils’ joint fraud investigations team that an address in Flete House, Watford was previously unoccupied.

Tenancy fraud investigator, Nicola O’Brien, worked with Watford Community Housing Trust and the fraud investigations team and carried out visits to the property and established that the property was not only vacant, but had never been lived in by the tenant in question.

The tenant eventually contacted the fraud team and informed them that she was handing back the keys to Watford Community Housing Trust.

Watford and Three Rivers Housing and Regeneration Initiative (HARI) co-ordinator, Azma Ahmad-Pearce, said:

"This shows how the people in Watford are concerned about tenancy fraud and that social housing goes to genuine people. This is a wonderful example of how joint working can combat tenancy fraud."

If you suspect tenancy fraud please report it on Freephone 0800 458 9200 or e-mail us in confidence...