Advice for subletting victims

31 July 2009

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Shelter has welcomed the Government’s announcement that it will crack down on unauthorised sub-letting of social housing, but has called on innocent tenants of rogue landlords to seek advice before they face losing their homes.

The Government's initiative, announced today by Housing Minister John Healey, will involve a ‘data sweep’ of records to find people who may be cheating the system, and practical advice to councils on how best to combat them.

Sam Younger, chief executive of Shelter said:

‘The Government is right to address the issue of unauthorised sub-letting for profit, which is not only an abuse of precious public resources and social housing stock but also extremely unfair on the 1.8 million households currently trapped on council housing waiting lists.

‘People who unknowingly rent a property that is unauthorised sub-let social housing have no rights or protection and are the innocent victims of profiteers. In a worse case scenario they could be evicted in as little as seven days and so we would urge anyone concerned they might be in this position to immediately seek independent advice.’

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