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Hillingdon targets council house scams
A CRACKDOWN on Hillingdon council tenants illegally sub-letting their homes is being widely praised.
It has reclaimed 36 properties in this way since April last year.
A ‘Blow the Whistle on Housing Cheats’ campaign encourages people to report anyone they believe might be fraudulently living in a council home or illegally claiming housing benefit.
An estimated £500,000 has been saved from reclaiming properties – prompting other authorities to take notice.
Toni Butler, of Yiewsley, who was previously on the waiting list, now lives in a three-bedroom house reclaimed from someone who was sub-letting it.
The mother of three said: “I am relieved to be housed permanently. The children have a garden and I now feel settled. My daughter is pleased to have her own bedroom.”
Garry Coote, corporate fraud manager, said: “Every call or tip-off that is made to my team is investigated and we will push to reclaim any property that isn’t being lived in by the correct people.”
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