Subletting crooks to face fines
Bogus social housing tenants who sublet their properties for profit could face being jailed for two years under plans which cleared the Commons.
The Commons has heard that up to 150,000 social houses are being illegally sublet, driving up the numbers on waiting lists for affordable homes.
The Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Bill, which received an unopposed third reading, would make it a criminal offence to sublet without permission.
Housing associations and other providers would also be able to recover the profits made by the tenant.
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The Bill was taken through the Commons by Tory Richard Harrington (Watford).
He said: "It creates offences which will hopefully stop people from taking advantage of social housing fraudulently and allow those people who deserve to occupy premises that were meant for them to be able to do so and dramatically improve our waiting lists."