Monday, 4 April 2011

Council house tenant evicted for unlawful subletting

A woman who unlawfully sublet her property has been charged and evicted from her property.

The tenant, Miss Rakey Jones, 40, sublet her property on Thorpe Street in Middleton from May 2010, whilst also holding another tenancy with Notting Hill Housing.

The case was heard on 21 March at Leeds County Court where she was ordered to pay back £1,271.93 in arrears and £1,557.40 costs.

The case was uncovered by officers at Aire Valley Homes, which manages and maintains council homes on behalf of Leeds City Council, when they were alerted to the problem through the National Fraud Initiative.

The investigation was part of an initiative currently being led by Leeds City
Council to crack down on unlawful sub-letting across the city.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods and housing said:

“This is a good result for Aire Valley Homes, and sends a strong message to people in the city warning them of the consequences of unauthorised subletting.

“There is a chronic shortage of social housing in Leeds and we are committed to ensuring that social housing is allocated to those in genuine need.”

Andrew Feldhaus, chair of the Aire Valley homes board said:

“Aire Valley Homes takes its role in detecting and preventing fraud very seriously and will not tolerate any abuse of the system.

“We are determined to take action against those who attempt to abuse the housing system and we will prosecute where appropriate.”

Cases of unauthorised subletting can be reported in confidence to Aire Valley Homes on 0800 915 6660 or e-mail avhleeds.enquiries@avhleeds.org.uk

Notes to editors:

Aire Valley Homes Leeds is one of three Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMO) which manage and maintain council housing on behalf of Leeds City Council. They are wholly owned by the council, which retains ownership of housing stock and sets rents.

Aire Valley Homes Leeds covers the areas of Barwick-in-Elmet, Swarcliffe, Garforth, Micklefield, Kippax, Swillington, Allerton Bywater, Methley, Rothwell, Middleton, Morley, Drighlington, Cottingley, Beeston, and Holbeck.


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