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Cornerstone on Social Housing Fraud

By: Cornerstone Barristers, Andrew Lane
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Published: 17-06-2021
Format: PDF eBook (?)
Edition: 2nd
Extent: 256
ISBN: 9781526517005
Imprint: Bloomsbury Professional
Series: Cornerstone on...
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About Cornerstone on Social Housing Fraud

In response to social housing fraud, the Government introduced the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013, which made sub-letting and parting with possession of social lets a specific criminal offence and granted local authorities the power to prosecute those who had acted in such a manner. Not only can offenders be jailed, but they can also be fined and ordered to pay an unlawful profit order, thus opening up a revenue opportunity to cash-strapped social landlords.

Social housing fraud is an important and high profile issue. This title provides a thorough overview of this regime and how local authorities can maximise their chances of recovering possession of properties affected by fraud, obtaining 'compensation' and securing a conviction, including techniques for effective evidence gathering.

Topics covered, include:

- Possession action in the county court
- Sub-letting/parting with possession
- Investigation powers
- Criminal offences and procedure
- Civil remedies
- GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018

For ease of reference, relevant primary and secondary legislation has been included within the appendices, which also includes templates for: Particulars of Claim (county court), Complaint (magistrates' court) Notice to Quit and Notice Seeking Possession. There is also a useful landlord checklist, to ensure nothing has been overlooked during what can be a complex process.

Table Of Contents

1. FRAUD IN THE SOCIAL HOUSING SECTOR
2. TENANCY PROCURED BY FALSE STATEMENT
3. MISUSE OF PROPERTY
4. ONLY OR PRINCIPAL HOME/SUCCESSION
5. CIVIL FINANCIAL REMEDIES
6. INVESTIGATION AND EVIDENCE
7. CRIMINAL SANCTIONS
APPENDICES
Appendix A – Statutes
Appendix B – Secondary Legislation
Appendix C – Civil Procedure Rule and Guidance
Appendix D – Landlord checklist

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