Tenancy Fraud

Every year in Northern Ireland, people on the waiting list are being denied a home because someone is being dishonest about their housing needs. Tenancy fraud is where a social home (either Housing Executive or Housing Association) is occupied by someone who is not entitled to be there.

Tenancy Fraud

Tenancy Fraud can take several forms:

  • Abandonment of the property and living elsewhere
  • Succeeding a tenancy, often on the death of a tenant, by falsely claiming to have been living there for some time
  • Providing misleading information on an application to purchase the property 
  • Not telling the truth when applying for a home and or falsely claiming to be homeless
  • When a tenant rents their home to another person without our knowledge or permission (sub-letting)
  • When a tenant leaves their home empty without informing us

 What happens when someone commits Tenancy Fraud?

  •  They are likely to lose their tenancy and may not be entitled to apply for social housing in the future
  • Depending on how serious the fraud is, they could be fined and or sent to prison
  • They are preventing someone who may be in greater need of housing from getting offered a home

What is NB Housing doing to combat Tenancy Fraud? 

  • Requesting photographic ID of tenants before signing the tenancy agreement
  • Completing early home visits 6 weeks into their tenancy. ID is checked again at this visit
  • Carrying out unannounced tenant visits
  • Housing Officers investigate any tenants who have not allowed access for essential servicing e.g. gas boiler servicing
  • Investigate all reports of tenancy fraud
  • Take legal action which can result in NB Housing regaining possession of the property

For more information 

Please contact us for further information or if you suspect that someone is committing Tenancy Fraud:

  • Call in to one of our offices
  • Ring us at NB Housing on 028 9059 2110 and ask for the Housing Officer 
For more information and guidance on Tenancy Fraud, please see our leaflet below.