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From 1 June 2019, together with other housing association and local councils across Kent, we’re taking part in a month-long ‘key amnesty’ initiative with Kent Tenancy Fraud Forum and Kent Housing Group.
Tenancy fraud can be anything from providing false information to gain a property, to subletting the home that is registered to you and charging another family rent to live there. The penalties for this can be severe; maximum jail sentences can be anything up to two years, and fines of up to £50,000.
Those that come forward voluntarily will not face legal action of any kind, but if they’re reported by a third party then they will be investigated in the normal way and action will be taken if evidence of fraud is found.
Tenants who are breaking the rules and want to take advantage of the amnesty, should contact Customer Services on 0300 323 0011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Keys can be handed in at any of our local offices with no questions asked – office locations can be found here https://www.moat.co.uk/contact-us.
Anyone who has information about someone they think is breaking the rules, should get in touch with us in confidence. Anyone who believes they might be living in a home that is being sub-let illegally should also get in touch and we will be happy to advise and support you to find alternative accommodation.
The effects of tenancy fraud restrict the amount of housing for those in genuine need and comes at a cost to local authorities, who still have to provide those on the housing list with temporary accommodation.