Waltham Forest Council's counter-fraud squad recover £1.2 million illegally sublet homes

First published in News East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

A COUNTER-fraud squad has recovered £1.2 million worth of illegally sublet homes.

Waltham Forest Council's counter-fraud group has since April recovered the 21 social housing properties from residents illegally renting them out - and have identified 20 more.

The team has also secured 35 sanctions for benefit fraud, identified £739k of fraudulent housing and council tax benefit overpayments.

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4:35pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

This is the tip of the iceberg, just 6 months and they have achieved this. Well done but please keep on hunting the rogues and scoundrels, that take advantage of the easy to take advantage of, system, thus preventing genuine cases from obtaining a property.

I do hope they evict the person who has been letting out the property.
This is the tip of the iceberg, just 6 months and they have achieved this. Well done but please keep on hunting the rogues and scoundrels, that take advantage of the easy to take advantage of, system, thus preventing genuine cases from obtaining a property. I do hope they evict the person who has been letting out the property. Cornbeefur
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10:20pm Tue 13 Nov 12

sensibility says...

Brilliant lets hope these properties are given quickly to genuine deserving Waltham Forest Homeless
Brilliant lets hope these properties are given quickly to genuine deserving Waltham Forest Homeless sensibility
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10:29pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

sensibility wrote:
Brilliant lets hope these properties are given quickly to genuine deserving Waltham Forest Homeless
You say that but in reality some genuine Waltham Forest Residents will now be from Eastern Europe and afar.

Legally entitled like the rest to bid for a home?
[quote][p][bold]sensibility[/bold] wrote: Brilliant lets hope these properties are given quickly to genuine deserving Waltham Forest Homeless[/p][/quote]You say that but in reality some genuine Waltham Forest Residents will now be from Eastern Europe and afar. Legally entitled like the rest to bid for a home? Cornbeefur
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11:25pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Techno3 says...

And to think that if they had started doing this 10 years ago the council would be many millions better off and they might not have had to shut down so many libraries.
And to think that if they had started doing this 10 years ago the council would be many millions better off and they might not have had to shut down so many libraries. Techno3
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8:50am Wed 14 Nov 12

NT says...

This has all the hallmarks of a council PR handout.

Good news in itself, but best to check against what other councils are achieving per unit of input.
This has all the hallmarks of a council PR handout. Good news in itself, but best to check against what other councils are achieving per unit of input. NT
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1:42pm Wed 14 Nov 12

G_Whiz says...

Just another admission to how bad the council has been run in the past!

Not that they are too bothered - Their generous pension pots still get filled!
Just another admission to how bad the council has been run in the past! Not that they are too bothered - Their generous pension pots still get filled! G_Whiz
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4:43pm Wed 14 Nov 12

merlin70 says...

It is good that they have found the fraud, more can be done to identify illegal sublets, through credit agences, through sites likes spareoom.com, up a gum tree etc, where flats can be advertised.

Liking other agencies can help too. If you are aware of fraud report it.
It is good that they have found the fraud, more can be done to identify illegal sublets, through credit agences, through sites likes spareoom.com, up a gum tree etc, where flats can be advertised. Liking other agencies can help too. If you are aware of fraud report it. merlin70
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